Race for the Cure volunteers working hard to make this year's event happen

Volunteers working hard

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Race of the Cure is a one of a kind event with thousands flocking to downtown Toledo and Findlay to help in the fight against breast cancer.

This is the second year for Findlay's Race for the Cure event but without some very special people the day would not be possible. Both men and women come together and donate their time and money.

Patty Jankowski is one of the volunteers for the Toledo race. She says running brought her to the race, but now as chairman on the board Patty does a lot more.

As part of the Toledo Road Runners Club Patty helped time the very first race in Toledo and in 2006 she was asked to be part of the committee in charge of the race course.

"One of the things I learned the first couple of meetings I went to, this was totally different from running races," said Patty. "This was more of a big party. So I had to change my point of view from focused on the fast runners to focused on the survivors and it was a good change."

Patty says that good change has brought her back year after year to make sure everything is in place.

"It's constant. I don't know how many emails I have being passed back and forth about do we have enough trash liners, where are we going to put the sound, are there some pot holes in the road that have to be taken care of, what times are people supposed to show up," said Patty.

The 2014 Toledo Race Chair Greg Clausing knows all too well about the preparation that goes into the event. He says there are about 700 volunteers for this year's race and for those volunteers it can almost become a part time job.

"We've got quite a few people who spend hours on this even starting back in January and then spend a significant amount of time in August and September... 20 to 30 hours a week," said Greg.

He says what makes this race different than many other races this size is that everything is set up and torn down within eight hours.

"So because we don't have the ability to set up days before the event we show up around two to three in the morning on the day of the race and assemble all of the tents, everything you see that day before we start to arrive and then we tear down and clean up everything afterwards all in one day," said Greg.

Both Patty and Greg agree all the work is worth it.

"It's worth it when we get to see everyone; it's a really amazing experience," said Greg.

"A couple years ago I was up on the stage with Chrys Peterson and I got to see the line of people down Monroe street and down Summit street and it's an experience you can't even put into words you have to see this mass of people who are there, who are having fun and just want to express how great it is to be there," said Patty.

Race for the Cure in Toledo is September 28.

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