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Wednesday, March 21 News

New Canaanites excel at Race for the Cure

Caroline Murray, of New Canaan, was the top female finisher, with a time of 19:52.23, leading over 1,000 runners and walkers in the second annual Komen Fairfield County Race for the Cure May 10.

Additionally, Matt Gutauskas, of New Canaan, was the top individual fundraiser with more than $5,100.

Final donation figures will not be available until the end of fundraising June 30.

"The enthusiasm and passion of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and donors was overwhelming," said Jeanine Gutauskas, director of Fairfield County Race for the Cure. "Rain or shine, breast cancer is a reality. We're so proud of this event and everyone in the Fairfield County community who supports it and our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever."

The event, at Veteran's Park in Norwalk, included a 5k race, 5k and 1.5k walks, a Kids' Fun Run and Kids' 1k, as well as survivor celebratory events.

In other highlights, Vincent Zito was the top male finisher with a time of 19:46.98; Sarah Murray was the top survivor under 40 finisher; Karen Newman was the top survivor over 40 finisher; and the Corcoran Clan, Geo's Ninjas and Team Kally were top three overall team fundraisers.

Connecticut has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the U.S., according to Komen Connecticut.

Several Fairfield County towns are among those with the highest rates of breast cancer incidence, mortality and late stage diagnosis. Statewide, more than 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Seventy-five percent of Komen Connecticut's net proceeds supports local breast cancer programs across Connecticut and the remaining 25 percent is invested in research to find the causes and cures for the disease. Over the past four year, Komen Connecticut has granted approximately $1 million annually to local organizations providing lifesaving services for women in need.

For information, visit komenct.org.