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What will bring thousands to downtown Roanoke next April?

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure moving to downtown Roanoke

November 03, 2011|Jean Jadhon | WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter

It will bring thousands of people to downtown Roanoke next April.  It is the third annual Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure set for April 14, 2012.

The first two years the race was held at Green Hill Park in western Roanoke County.  This year the race will be in downtown Roanoke starting in front of the Roanoke Library on Jefferson Street and ending at Elmwood Park. The route will take runners and walkers onto the Roanoke River Greenway and back to downtown Roanoke.

Race organizers also hope to bring a week full of activities to downtown Roanoke leading up to race day as well as a celebration party and concert in downtown after the race.  In the past two years once the race is over people would disperse, said Joey Coakley Beck, 2012 Race Co-Chairman.

With the downtown Roanoke venue, it's hoped that the more than 3,000 runners and the thousands that come out to support them will stick around downtown afterwards. There will be a concert in Elmwood Park and other events planned for that day, Coakley Beck said.

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Early race registration began this week.  For more information click here!

Last years race drew more than 3,500 runners and walkers.  It's hoped even more will come out this year. $300 thousand dollars was raised for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research at last year's event.  75% of those funds stay in this region, according to Coakley Beck.

More on this year's event coming up tonight on News 7.

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