Women turn Wilmington Riverfront pink for a good cause

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

Hundreds of women put on their running shoes in an effort raise awareness and money to find a cure for breast cancer.

The 4th Annual “Women’s Race for the Pink Ribbon” transformed the Wilmington Riverfront on Thursday as 670 women, most dressed in pink, came together to support the cause.

Barbara Brown Kursh of ‘Races to Run’ created the event in honor of three friends who battled breast cancer. Two are now survivors including Renee Ridenour who explained why running is now a part of her life.

“I started running to save my life after cancer. Age and weight are natural factors for every woman with breast cancer,” said Ridenour, a survivor of six and a half years.

According to race officials, 521 women completed the race. Karen Lenhoff was the first to cross the finish line in just 19 minutes and three seconds.

While they’re still counting all the money that was raised, every dollar will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. 

“[It’s] very inspiring,” said participant Cheryl Battle. “I just had my own journey literally this year and finished in June. To see so many people not only survivors but supporters, it’s a wonderful thing.” 

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