Chattanooga Goes Pink for Komen Race for the Cure

Hundreds of people in pink converged at the steps of McKenzie Arena at UTC to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K.

Since the first Race for the Cure was run in Dallas in 1983, millions of dollars have been raised to fight breast cancer.

And perhaps the most famous race tradition? Survivors wear bright pink t-shirts for the race.

"I found the cancer a year ago and I went to my doctor," said one year survivor Traci Kilmartin. "She did a biopsy and called me three days later and said it was cancer and I was 39 almost turning 40. So I just joke around that my 40th birthday present was cancer."

Pink ribbons became synonymous with breast cancer in 1991 during the first New York City Race for the Cure when they were passed out to all the participants.

From that day forward, the color pink has been associated with all things breast cancer.

Local high school cheerleaders provided motivation as soon as racers crossed the starting line.

"It just feels like we’re really doing this for them and that they appreciate us being here," Mary Keith of Soddy Daisy said.

"And it feels like they’re being rewarded for all their hard work, paying off and getting rid of their disease," Lexi O’Haver of Soddy Daisy said.

With one woman being diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes in the U.S., the fight against breast cancer must continue.

The fastest racer was 34-year old Joseph Watson with a time of 20 minutes and 9 seconds.

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