Mall of America® welcomed 50,000 guests for Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day

Mall of America Race for the CureApproximately 50,000 participants gathered at Mall of America(®) today to honor those affected by breast cancer at the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure(®). Together the group was able to raise approximately $2.5 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and preliminary treatment programs.

Top finishers for the 5K run are as follows:

    —  Marcus Aberg, 26, of Sweden finishing at 16:02 – top male
    —  Melissa Gacek, 38, of White Bear Lake, Minn. finishing at 17:54 – top
    —  Sarah Wagner, 48, of Eagan, Minn. finishing at 24:42 – top survivor
For additional winners, see below.

Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure is one of the largest 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. It raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Of the proceeds raised in the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure, 75 percent stays in Minnesota to help uninsured and underinsured women in their fight against breast cancer. Proceeds also fund grants for Minnesota breast cancer research teams. The remaining 25 percent of the proceeds fund breast cancer research programs.

Since it’s origination in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one local race in Dallas with 800 participants to a global series of more than 100 races with more than 1.5 million expected to participate in 2014.

For more information on the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® visit

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at age 36. Today, the Komen Foundation is an international organization with more than 100,000 volunteers working through 120 Affiliates in the United States and four countries. The Komen Foundation has raised more than $1 billion toward its mission of eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

2014 Race for the Cure® 5K run winners

Top Five Male Winners:

    1. Marcus Aberg, 26, of Sweden finishing at 16:02
    2. T.J. Schiltz, 18, of Hartland, Minn. finishing at 16:43
    3. Luke Pedersen, 26, of Richfield, Minn. finishing at 17:50
    4. Tayor Huffman, 18, of Woodbury, Minn. finishing at 18:06
    5. Derick Podratz, 39, of Lino Lakes, Minn. finishing at 18:15
Top Five Female Winners:

    1. Melissa Gacek, 38, of White Bear Lake, Minn. finishing at 17:54
    2. Donna Philippot, 45, of Minneapolis, Minn. finishing at 20:39
    3. Manoy Stoesz, 29, of Buffalo, Minn. finishing at 20:50
    4. Alex Fossum, 18, of Chanhassen, Minn. finishing at 21:22
    5. Maria Wallace, 14, of Minn. finishing at 21:41
Top Five Survivor Winners:

    1. Sarah Wagner, 48, of Eagan, Minn. finishing at 24:42
    2. Linda William-Brettinger, 55, of Eagan, Minn. finishing at 25:54
    3. Dawn Dibley, 57, of Eagan, Minn. finishing at 26:48
    4. Courtney Bern, 42, of Golden Valley, Minn. finishing at 26:52
    5. Nancy Wolter, 55, of Plymouth, Minn. finishing at 27:46

SOURCE  Mall of America