BOISE -- Boise's 2012 Race for the Cure brought thousands of racers and countless shades of pink to Parkcenter Blvd. on Saturday.
Because fighting breast cancer through research and early detection saves lives. It's a fact.
Boise's 14th annual event allowed participants to race in either 5k or 3k walk/runs. The race kicked-off at 8:30 a.m. and featured beautiful spring weather with plenty of sunshine and temps in the high 60's.
While many participants enjoyed the race as a team, some entered as individuals. All who took part in the event contributed to the Susan G. Komen fundraising mission.
In addition, more than 700 cancer survivors registered for the 2012 race. On Saturday, all wore a distinctive, dark pink shirt as a badge of honor.
2012 organizer MollyNota told KTVB that between 10,000 and 12,000 racers signed-up for 2012's event in Boise. The organization's goal was to attract 17,000 racers.
Those numbers are also down about 4,000 from 2011's race.
Nota says she doesn't attribute the decline to any particular reason, including the negative political fallout that occurred when the Susan G. Komen foundation cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in breast exam funding from Planned Parenthood last February.
I'd rather celebrate the fact that we had a really great event, Nota told KTVB.
According to Komen Boise, in 2011 over 16,000 people signed up for the event, and pledged to raise money. Their combined efforts brought-in a total of $210,000 to help women in dozens of Idaho communities. In addition to that, participants raised thousands for national breast cancer research.
Nota says that this year's donations are still being totaled, and told KTVB that dozens of folks donated money during Saturday's race. The organization's 2012 fundraising goal is $300,000.
We're here fighting for a cause, we're fighting for awareness, we're fighting for people who can't afford mammograms and screenings, Nota said.
Saturday's event also included dozens of prizes for those teams and individuals who raised the most money. Included in the winners was top fundraising team Bodybuilding.com, and top individual fundraiser Jan McBride. The award for the largest team (represented by a local corporation) went to KTVB's Pink Peacocks.