Komen Atlanta’s 26th Annual Race for the Cure was held May 7, 2016. More than 8,000 people participated. The race is being postponed this year due to the I-85 bridge collapse.
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I-85 bridge collapse delays Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Atlanta

The I-85 bridge collapse has impacted another aspect of Atlanta life. 

A major annual race, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, has been postponed in order to accommodate the closure.

“This year, to prevent adding to the traffic congestion in the area and to show support for the Buckhead community and its businesses, Komen Atlanta has taken the unprecedented decision to postpone the race,” according to a Monday news release. 

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Originally scheduled for May 13, the race will now be held June 24, after the bridge is expected to be reopened. The location, Lenox Square, is unchanged. 

The Buckhead Coalition supports the move, calling the date change a “massive logistical change.”

“The race takes months of planning and we are grateful to all parties accommodating this emergency situation,” said President Sam Massell.

Workers are rebuilding the I-85 bridge after a massive fire caused it to crumble on March 30. The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced contractor C.W. Matthews can earn an extra $1.5 million for completing the project by May 25 – three weeks earlier than the June 15 target completion date. 

The annual event attracts more than 8,000 participants and is Komen Atlanta’s largest breast cancer fundraiser.

To register for the race, visit www.komenatlanta.org/race.

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