The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Won’t Be Coming to Maine This Year
Unfortunately for you super athletes out there, Maine will be losing one of its biggest tests of physical endurance this year. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will not be making it's way to Maine this year. The announcement was made official via email on Wednesday.
The marathon in Bangor last year drew almost 2,000 people, which sounds like a lot, but as the Press Herald writes, the event has seen a decline in attendance in both Bangor and Portland over the last few years. The branch of the organization in Maine will actually be shut down - that happens on the 31st of March, which is the end of the fiscal year.
However, the organization maintains a positive message, thanking Mainers for their contribution and participation in the event. The PPH states that the Maine branch has raised roughly $3 Million over the last 20 years, which is a staggering amount of money. Also stated is that the Susan G. Komen organization plans to make a return to Maine once the fundraising market recovers from the spot of bother it's currently in, but did not say when exactly that would be.
This really bums me out. Despite the questionable reputation the organization behind it has, I've had friends and family that participate the Race for the Cure for years, and the event itself is always a harrowing spectacle of both unbelievable leg endurance and strength in the community. Seriously, though, on the toughness - I wouldn't be surprised if some of the racers could beat me up using only their left calf. Don't ask me how that's possible, it just is.