You Go, Girlfriends! Annual half marathon raises funds for breast cancer

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Runners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday in Downtown Vancouver. Proceeds from the 13.1 mile run will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kearney Breast Center.

Runners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday.

Runners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday. Proceeds from the 13.1 mile run will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kearney Breast Center.

Runners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on a chilly Sunday.

Runners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday. Proceeds from the 13.1 mile run will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kearney Breast Center.

Tito Flores Missoula, Mont., finishes the seventh annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday, running in memory of his Grandma Grinage.

Find more information on breast cancer, its impact on the community and the stories of individuals battling the disease on The Columbian's Breast Cancer page.

Find more information on breast cancer, its impact on the community and the stories of individuals battling the disease on The Columbian’s Breast Cancer page.

An estimated 1,800 women ran for a cause Sunday in the seventh Girlfriends Half Marathon. Organizer Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Fitness in downtown Vancouver said the event raised more than $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and about $5,000 for the Childrens Center in Vancouver. Also, six men dubbed the Pink Brigade raised $11,000 for the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The course took runners through Vancouver Barracks and east to Wintler Park. The women paid $65 to $80 each to participate. McMillan said she had nearly 50 sponsors and 300 volunteers. “It felt very positive and inspiring having all those women together supporting each other,” she said. Brittney Forster of Beaverton, Ore, won the 13.1-mile race with a time of 1:29:36.