BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Beautiful weather set the stage Sunday morning as tens of thousands of runners and walkers gathered for the annual Twin Cities Race for the Cure at the Mall of America.
Now in it's 20th year, Minnesota's event is one of the largest in the Susan G. Komen nationwide series that raises money and awareness for breast cancer education and research.
"We are all here for the mission; saving lives and ending breast cancer forever guides what we do each and every day," according to the Komen Minnesota Affiliate website.
Again this year, supporters from across the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond took part in a 5K wheelchair race, 5K run, 5K walk and 1K walk. A Health Expo was set up on the mall's north side parking lot, along with KARE corner where participants stopped by for a team photo (now available for viewing and download on kare11.com).
While Race for the Cure MN officials expected tens of thousands to step out Sunday, they recently told KARE 11 donations were down in 2012 as much as 12-13% for several reasons, including a granting guidelines controversy at the national level earlier this year.
Be sure to check out the KARE 11 photo gallery, as well as KARE 11's Facebook photos and the Twitter hash tag: #KomenMN.
KARE 11 will have complete coverage of Sunday's Race for the Cure on KARE 11 News at 10 p.m.
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