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'Pooches in Pink' starts 'Race for the Cure' weekend

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Sep 08 2013 02:34:31 AM CDT

Sixth-annual event brings 200 humans and 150 dogs to raise money for breast cancer research.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

People and pets in pink added color and fun to an event near Garden of the Gods on Saturday.

200 humans and 150 dogs attended the 6th-annual Pooches in Pink, a mile-long walk on the same course where the Race for the Cure is scheduled on Sunday.  They wore pink scarves, hats, skirts and other attire.

Dog owners paid registration fees of $30 for themselves and $10 for their dogs.  A free registration for Sunday's race is included in the $30 fee.

Most of the pet owners are breast cancer survivors or have a friend or relative with the cancer.

Marlene O'Brien and her dog came for the first time.

"I was diagnosed in October of 2011, and ( I had) early detection, so I ended up having a lumpectomy and radiation treatment," she said.  "It runs in my family.  My mother and my aunt both had breast cancer, so I've been testing every year for it."

O'Brien said she's been cancer-free for two years but won't be considered in the clear medically for another three years.

Saturday's event included prizes, and a fashion show featuring rescue dogs.

Sunday's Race for the Cure starts with registration at 5:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 7 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m.  KRDO NewsChannel 13's Jon Karroll and Rana Novini will lead the ceremony.

For more information, visit: http://www.komensecolorado.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/

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