Nearly 8,000 at Race for Cure through Garden

       In its second straight year using the Garden of the Gods for its venue, the Komen Race for the Cure again raised “at least” half a million dollars Sept. 7, according to spokesperson Bobbi Van Riper.
       The event attracted more than 7,300 registered participants, which is close to the 2007 total of 7,800, which also raised $500,000, Van Riper said.
       Each registrant in the 5-kilometer race through the city-owned park had collected donations of various amounts. The event is part of an annual national effort to find a cure for breast cancer, with 75 percent of the fundraiser's earnings allowed to remain in the community.
       The success was praised by City Council members Scott Hente and Jan Martin at the council meeting the day afterward. “This race is held all over the country,” Martin said, “and you can't tell me there's another race in the U.S. that has the setting Colorado Springs has, with the sun over the Garden of the Gods as 8,000 people are running through - well, I walked - but I can't say enough about the event.”

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