15th annual Race for the Cure is this weekend

This weekend marks the 15th annual Race for the Cure.

Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin is expecting 12,000 to 13,000 people at the event.

It’s the second biggest race of its kind in the Madison area.

The local Komen branch helps women battling breast cancer, including providing access to health care.

“Seventy-five percent of what’s raised here stays here, and that’s what funds the programs that we’re able to connect women to in the community, especially with women (with) little or no income or little or no insurance,” said Michelle Heitzinger of the Komen South Central Wisconsin branch.

Because of the race and other fundraisers, nine local nonprofit groups recently received $700,000 worth of funding to help in the search for a cure.

People can still sign up for the race, which has a staggered start time with events beginning at 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Alliant Energy Center.