ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Volunteers spent Friday afternoon setting up the venue for the 27th Annual Alaska Run for Women.
Over 5,000 women will run in the event, set to start at 8:30 Saturday morning. According to event organizers, over 300 of those women are breast cancer survivors.
Leading the charge, starting off the race, are Olympic Nordic skiers Kikkan Randall and Aelin Peterson Allegood. Both are breast cancer survivors.
Former director of the Alaska Race for Women Kristin Folmar says the event has a big impact on breast cancer victims and survivors in Alaska.
"We have raised over $4.9 million in those 27 years. It's incredible," Folmar told Channel 2 Friday. "And that money goes to support breast cancer awareness, early detection, as well as mammograms for under-insured folks here in Alaska."
The 1-mile leg of the run starts at 8:30 Saturday morning. If you haven't registered, Folmar recommends showing up to Mulcahy Stadium around 6:30 a.m. for late registration. She says registration for the 5-mile races is closed.
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