The Race for the Cure has become the largest road race in Ohio

When Komen Columbus held its first Race for the Cure in 1993, 875 runners laced up their sneakers to run 5K for breast cancer awareness. Now, the annual event has become the largest road race in Ohio, drawing more than 50,000 participants in 2011. On May 19, the race will celebrate its 20th run. In that time, the race has raised nearly $21 million for breast cancer research-75 percent of which stays local for mammograms, screenings and education. "Research is going to hopefully find a cure one day," said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus executive director. "But in the meantime, women are dying every day and women need to be screened. Early detection saves lives. To see 50,000 people come together for this one cause is great."

The 20th annual Race for the Cure, including a 5K run and 1-mile family fun walk, begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 for adults, and $15 for children 14 and younger. Register online at KomenColumbus.org.