Portland, September 15th, 2013. Downtown Portland was awash with pink as tens of thousands took to the streets for the Komen Portland Race for the Cure. Organizers say the Portland race is among the top five most successful in the nation. 630 teams raised nearly $2.5 million. “Team Janine” was the top fundraising group raising over $32,600.

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Here’s are some of the images that made us smile:

Komen for the Cure's Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Bruner was cheering on walkers at the finish line.

Komen for the Cure’s Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Bruner was cheering on walkers at the finish line. He reports the Portland race is one of the “Greenest” walks in the city with a 90% recycle rate.

Songs for the Cure. Julianne Johnson and the Sisters in Survival Choir made the Survivor Tribute at Race for the Cure very moving with their lovely voices.

Songs for the Cure. Julianne Johnson and the Sisters in Survival Choir made the Survivor Tribute at Race for the Cure very moving with their voices.

Kathy's Ko-Ko Nuts brought crew members of all ages.

Kathy’s Ko-Ko Nuts brought crew members of all ages.

Portland’s ‘everywoman’ Shannon Fischer goes face to face with her promotional photo–the image that inspired thousands to join in the local race.

The cheerleaders from Central Catholic High School

The cheerleaders from Central Catholic High School raised their voices.

Slow and steady wins the race for Myrtle's Turtles.

Slow and steady wins the race for Myrtle’s Turtles. 

HooLA-Hooters brought their topical flare.

HooLA-Hooters brought their topical flare.

It was no drag for these folks.

It was no drag for these folks.

Sandy Castillo is a 62 year old survivor who wore her hot pink sweatshirt with pride.

Sandy Castillo is a 62 year old survivor who wore her hot pink sweatshirt with pride.

Pink looked good on everyone.

Pink looked good on everyone.

The "Inspired" tee-shirt logo resonated with walkers.

The “Inspired” tee-shirt logo resonated with walkers.

 

The Honorary Race Chair was Don Pearson, Regional President of Wells Fargo. Here’s a list of the top teams (in order) and their totals:

Team Janine, $32,643.26; CONSUMER CELLULAR, $14,795.00; Kickin’ and Grinnin’, $13,185.00; Komen Kommandos – The Breast Team Ever, $11,193.00; #TEAMKAREN, $10,076.00; Team Tektronix, $9,369.00; Tough Mothers, $6,210.00; Nonnie’s Warriors, $5,255.00; 5K Warriors, $3,800.00; Project Hummingbird, $3,590.00. 

Top fundraising individuals included: Neeley Wells, $6,285.00; Judy Billings-Behensky, $3,390.00; Julie Seiber, $3,390.00; Lance Bachman, $3,075.00; Toni Mountain, $3,050.00, Julie Papke, $2,905.00; Linda Harris, $2,500.00; 

 

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Here’s a recent promotional video.