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This year’s annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicked off with perfect, crisp weather and enthusiastic, upbeat attitudes. The large crowd was festively speckled with pink, with attire ranging from pink knee socks to neon wigs and fuchsia boas. The Citadel wrestling team donned pink shirts for the occasion, and the majority of runners sported colorful tags to honor friends and family affected by breast cancer.

Runners, supporters, and survivors alike were all smiles, and it was hard not to be touched by the overwhelming love and hope permeating the event. Many people clearly had a sense of humor, especially Steven English, who completed the race wearing a hot pink wig and bra over his t-shirt. Among the fabulously dressed were veteran Race for the Cure participants Joan Brigham and Ann Ingram, who completed their tenth race this year. “We’ve been doing this since back when they had it on the Battery!” Brigham reflected. Both women decked out in funky cowboy hats and long feather boas, and each woman wore a number of “In Celebration of” tags to honor their loved ones, complemented with sassy pins reading “Cancer Sucks”.

ABC News 4’s Neville Miller took first place overall, and Lowcountry Race Committee Chair Lauren Mele reported that this year’s Lowcountry Race for the Cure had already raised over $400,000, with the final amount yet to be totaled.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest grass roots breast cancer awareness organization, and is dedicated to promoting education, research for a cure, and support to those fighting breast cancer. To date, the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $3 million in local breast cancer health and breast cancer awareness projects.