CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Walk, run or march for a good cause this weekend with two separate events set for Saturday and Sunday.
The 12th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be Saturday. The run/walk is touted as the largest 5K in the state with thousands participating each year.
So far, 4,500 have registered and organizers anticipate another 1,500 will register just before the event, said Rebecca Newhouse, president of the board of directors. Last year's participants came from 17 states.
The event raises awareness as well as funds for the fight against breast cancer.
Last year's event raised $475,000, Newhouse said. Of the funds raised, 75 percent stays in state while 25 percent goes for research awards.
"In the last two years, West Virginia received two research awards at WVU on two different research projects," she said.
Registration for the race on Saturday begins at 7 a.m. on the state Capitol grounds. The annual survivor photo on the Capitol steps is set for 8 a.m. The gun to start the competitive runners will be fired at 9 a.m. and walkers will follow 10 minutes later. The flat route begins at the Capitol, follows Kanawha Boulevard to the South Side Bridge and returns to the starting spot. The awards ceremony is at 10:30 a.m.