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      Ottumwa Race for the Cure weeks away

      Ottumwa's Race for the Cure is May 11.

      Believe it or not, it's almost time for the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ottumwa.

      On May 11, Ottumwa Park will be filled with thousands of walkers and runners with one goal in mind; to find a cure for breast cancer.

      Last year's race produced around 2,300 participants and race organizers are hoping for 3,000 this year.

      "We would like everybody to walk away feeling good about our cause and why we're here and we're actually here for the breast cancer survivors," said Laurie Hornback, Race for the Cure Chair. "Hopefully we can raise as much money as we can for Susan G Komen as possible, so we can get research, education and treatment to people who aren't able to get those things."

      Hornback reminds the public that the Race for the Cure event isn't just for Ottumwa; this branch of Susan G. Komen serves a ten county area (Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne), and anyone is welcome to participate.

      Registration will be open at Ottumwa Park all day on Friday, May 10 and up until 8 a.m. on race day. The one-mile run begins at 8 a.m. on May 11, the 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. and the kids' fun run at 10 a.m.

      Race for the Cure board members will also be doing something new this year; a tip night at the Ottumwa Pizza Ranch on May 9th. There will also be a cookbook for sale with recipes gathered from participants and survivors to help with donations.

      You can register or donate online by visiting