Vermillion loses Komen race

The South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® is moving its 2012 Race for the Cure to downtown Sioux Falls on September 30. Organizers believe the new location will enable more supporters from across the state to attend the event. The South Dakota affiliate's desire is to grow the race, because more money raised translates into better breast health and greater progress towards a cure for breast cancer.

This was the scene at the starting line of the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Vermillion last September. The South Dakota affiliate of the organization announced Sunday it is moving the race to Sioux Falls. (Photo by David Lias)

"We are deeply grateful to the people of Vermillion for propelling the Komen Race for the Cure from infancy into a gathering of more than 4,000 participants," says Colette Abbott, founder and former race chair for the Susan G. Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure. "I've been amazed at the commitment of South Dakotans to raise more than $800,000 to fund breast cancer research and education since 2008. The impact of the Race for the Cure on breast health in our state is only poised to grow as the race moves to Sioux Falls and becomes a truly statewide race."

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised through the race will stay in South Dakota for breast health education, breast cancer screening, treatment programs and research to prevent, treat and cure breast cancer. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research on a national level.

"Sanford Health is dedicated to diagnosing, treating and researching to find a cure for breast cancer – as the local leader in these areas it makes sense for us to support this amazing event," says Kay Santema, Vice President, Sanford Cancer.

Komen South Dakota is grateful for the local businesses that have made the race possible in the past and is inviting businesses from across the state to support this year's race.

"The race is about camaraderie. It's about survivors coming together and celebrating their victories and encouraging those who are in the midst of battling breast cancer," says Amanda Anderson, executive director of Komen South Dakota. "It's also about our children and the drive we have to find better treatments and a cure."

The tentative starting point for the race is the intersection of Phillips Ave. and 2nd Street. The 5K and one mile race routes will continue throughout the downtown area.

For more information about the race, please contact Amanda Anderson, executive director of Komen South Dakota, at 605.271.1751 or, or Susie Patrick, this year's race chair, at

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