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Race for Cure Gathers Community of Cancer Supporters

May 21, 2012

May 12, local residents weathered sun, heat and fatigue at French Ford Middle School to help "Blast Cancer!"

Approximately 285 residents took part in the 10th annual "LaRena Smith Bengoa Run, Ride or Walk for the Cure" along with dozens of phantom racers.

Additionally, Battle Mountain held its own event this year, drawing 167 participants in that community and raising over $5,000.

Mary Maher Bengoa, who co-organizes the events along with her mother, Amorita Maher, said all those who participated are bound together through cancer.

Bengoa said some came remembering loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer, others came in support of those who are fighting the disease, while still others came in celebration of those who have survived."

"But I think the best thing this event does is create hope that one day we will be able to overcome this disease and make it a memory of the past," said Bengoa. "I think that's one of the main reasons people come to participate."

Bengoa said a small portion of this year's proceeds will go to "Stand Up 2 Cancer" while the remaining funds will be made available to cancer patients in both Humboldt and Lander counties.

This year's participants chose to run, ride or walk 1-, 3- and 5-mile courses, and there were plenty of winners in the crowds.

Aidan Maher took first place in the one-mile bike race, with Sean Bengoa placing second and McKenzie Lemaire taking third.

In the one-mile walk/run race, Randy Vance placed first with Joanne Stursa in second and Jeannie Brown in third.

Kaleb Hinkel was tops in the three-mile biking competition with Hayley Hinkel placing second and Bailey Sopiro taking third.

Tim Grady was first in the three-mile walk/run race with Tracy Cramer in second and Savannah Dalley in third.

And in the five-mile walk/run race, Isidro Mendoza took first place at 35:28, beating out second-place finisher Matt Bugnet by just one second (35:29). Lonnie (De La Mora) took third at 41:00.

Bengoa said the race continues to grow in numbers and success each year.

"I think what we are seeing is a better connection between the needs of those who have cancer and community members who are stepping up to meet those needs," she said. "For us, that was the whole idea behind this event."

Bengoa also mentioned the many businesses, organizations and individuals who came forward this year to help sponsor the event.

"That kind of generosity helps us all to see how much people in these communities care and how much they want to help their neighbors with cancer."

Bengoa said the race likely will be scheduled for the same weekend next year. Once again, participants will have the chance to run, ride or walk 1-, 3- and 5-mile courses. And just like this year, participants will be welcome to drive golf carts, scooters, motorcycles or even horse-drawn carts.

Whatever the mode of transportation, Bengoa said, "This event is all about fun while we create a community of support."