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Storm cancels Komen Charlotte Race, Observer’s Pink event

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Steven Decker (glasses and pink hair) carried a flag in support of his wife Amanda Decker (glasses next to Steven) who has been a cancer survivor for 19 years, A crowd of at least 15,000 awash in pink burst from the starting line near Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte at the Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure, a fundraiser in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Steven Decker (glasses and pink hair) carried a flag in support of his wife Amanda Decker (glasses next to Steven) who has been a cancer survivor for 19 years, A crowd of at least 15,000 awash in pink burst from the starting line near Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte at the Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure, a fundraiser in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday, October 4, 2014. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

For 19 years, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has been a stalwart annual tradition for thousands and thousands of people to run or walk to raise money for breast cancer. It has never been canceled.

This year, a stormy forecast forced organizers to cancel the race scheduled for Saturday.

“Now, we can deal with a rainy day but it’s more difficult to deal with torrential rains and hurricane side effects and different things we’re hearing,” Lynda Anello of Komen Charlotte said earlier. “We have to consider public safety. That’s our main priority. We have thousands and thousands of people that will come out to this race. So we have to think about the equipment we have out there, the tents or places or lack of places for people to evacuate or get shelter if a storm comes.”

The Charlotte Observer’s Lunch on the Lawn, an Observe the Pink event to support breast cancer awareness, also has been canceled.

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