Runners invade Downtown Wilmington
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Crowds of pink packed the streets of Downtown Wilmington Saturday morning for the Inaugural Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The event kicked off with a 5k race and walk starting on 2nd Street near Market, and continuing all through the streets of Downtown. Survivors and supporters alike say it is a challenge worth doing for many reasons, if not just to stay healthy.

"I do not have any personal experience with it myself, but I think it is a great cause," says Tom Newins, visiting from Alaska. "I think it is great to get people out here to recognize how important it is for the community to see not only the cause, but to be healthy. It is a great habit to get out there and exercise on a regular basis."

An estimated 6,000 women in North Carolina will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Runners say events like these not only raise money for the cause, but also increase awareness.

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Thanks to all who make Saturday's event possible. It was for a great cause and brought so many people together--not just survivors. Thanks to my team that came to support me on the event. Keep up the good work.

I applaud those interested in helping find a CURE for cancer. However, dig a little and find out where the money raised for these events actually goes. It's no coincidence that Astrazeneca, a major pharmaceutical company started the "Breast Cancer Awareness" campaign. There is a LOT of money to be made with "awareness" and treatment, not so much in actually preventing or curing cancer.

Run the loop a few times or go somewhere where there is a trail of some sort. Running around in large groups is a silly way to raise money anyway. If someone wants to donate to a cause they should do it whether people are running in groups or not. It is really stupid if you think about it

...to make such a rediculous post! Please go back to munching your chips, sucking your soda and spraying your curlers as you enjoy your worn out sofa in front of the tube. Geeez...a slug a day can't keep the runners away!

Reading your posts on here lately and I have to say you are one grumpy, bitter human being. You ALWAYS have to throw in an insult, guess it makes you feel better about yourself? You must be the life of the party.

how much of each dollar raised by this foundation actually goes for breast cancer research, and how much is spent on overhead?

This foundation is one of the worst regarding how much of each dollar actually goes to what its intended for.

The traffic problems pail in comparison to that inefficiency........

Vog

If you do, please publish it for all of us to read! I'm a huge proponent of volunteer work, cancer awareness and causes intended to help such.

I absolutely abhor any "charitable" organization cloaking themselves behind pink ribbons, rainbows or any other symbol to simply hand over a few cents on the dollar to the true cause and distribute the bulk of the funding to "administrative costs". That's a rip-off of the worst kind and I like to know about them.

Wikki has an extensive segment on the foundation.
Here's one snippet:
"In the words of one critic, "A organization that is actively pursuing other small charities over the use of the term 'for the cure' does not spend the majority of their own funds towards research for a cure."
21% of funds raised go to research
Other portions go to "education"
Another 21% go to fund raising costs and Administration including a salary for Brinker of $417,000+ in 2011

I am a cancer survivor myself and have family members that have died from it as well. My brother in law died from it and his sons took part in the Pan Mass challenge last year.
I donated $1,000 in my BiL's name.
Why?
"The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. In 2011, the PMC generated 60 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it was Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor."

http://www2.pmc.org/media.asp?View=PR

Vog

First, I have a daughter struggling with ovarian cancer so please don't assume I am not sensitive to awareness causes. But forcing someone to be late for work as they wait at a stoplight for runners supporting ANY cause is akin to making someone sit through a religious ceremony for which they are not affiliated. There are plenty of streets available that would avoid shutting down major thoroughfares to orchestrate an event like this. Yes, some people work on Saturdays.

....you could have done a "little" planning. This race event has been publicized for well over a week with warnings that the race course WOULD cause delays if you were to encounter it. Alternative routes were very well publicized by the local media (including the blog one you just posted on) to allow people like YOU that had to work on Saturday to PLAN a different route so that you could meet your commitment of getting to work ON TIME. If you were truly sensitive to the awareness of this cause, you would've been paying attention and totally avoided your minor and self-imposed inconvenience.
I'm sorry, but I have to ask. Were you chronically missing your homework in school due to Fidos' appetite?

The runners are the ones that should find alternative routes. They are the ones causing the problem, not folks trying to get to work or anywhere else they are going. There are plenty of places to run besides city streets.

The street run was well planned and publicized. The ONLY problems the runners caused were to the peeps that didn't have enough basic common sense to plan an alternative route after hearing about it for over a week. Were you one of those?

The "You can't fix stupid" statement is still alive and well!

You can't find something better to whine about? If there are so many other streets available, use another next time genius.

of the event? Did you give yourself any extra time? Seems not but who's fault is that? Yes some people can plan. Whiner.....

You have someone going through an illness which is somewhat related to this cause and you are going to take time out to bemoan about being late for work?

I live downtown and it was evident a few days prior that there was an event (and a running event at that) which was going to happen this weekend. Last I checked, most all of the roads downtown are 2-way and not 1-way, so I don't think there was anything keeping you from turning your vehicle around or finding an alternate route. Also, if you were late and explained what happened to you, I'm sure any manager or owner with half a brain would not get upset that this was the reason for your untimely arrival nor would they hold it against you.

Using a thoroughfare for this cause with less people defeats the purpose of the cause. As you stated, this is as much for AWARENESS as it is for raising funds and support.

But no, go ahead and complain. So sorry that you were inconvenienced.

Do you not read the paper, watch tv or listen to the radio. Its not like this race was not being mentioned now for weeks and notifying everyone of street closures. You were probably the person who almost hit my friend and would not stop honking their horn. Way to go. Sorry if we inconvenienced you.

This race was advertised for weeks before it took place yesterday, not to mention that there were notices posted downtown along the race route days in advance to inform the public of road closures and parking changes. If you work downtown AND must work on Saturdays, why did you not heed this known public information and perhaps leave for work a little earlier and/or changed your driving route? Sounds like you are just trying to use the race as an excuse because you were already tardy for work. Shame on you.

My feelings, as well. Seems like runners, bicycles, and movie crews are always blocking and hindering vehicular traffic. There are plenty of places for them to do whatever they want without wreaking havoc on motorists. Kinda gives them a bad name and makes most far less sensitive to their causes, if you know what I mean. Hopefully, your daughter will fully recover. My wife fought ovarian cancer (rarely ever hear it mentioned as far as fund raisers) and has won. Great treatments these days.

"Kinda gives them a bad name and makes most far less sensitive to their causes, if you know what I mean."

No it doesn't and no I don't but it does make you look like an a$$......

And, that is YOUR opinion, to which you are entitled. However, remember opinions are like a**holes........everybody has one and a lot of them stink.

More are pro this kind of event than not which leaves whiners like you outnumbered. FACT.....