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Race for the Cure Struggles to Sign Up Racers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The world's largest charity for breast cancer, Susan G. Komen, is still reeling from the fierce backlash over its national office's decision earlier this year to cut -- and then restore -- funding to Planned Parenthood.

Now, local Komen affiliates may be paying the price.

Although the Northern New Jersey chapter met fundraising objectives this year for its annual Race for the Cure 5K run -- held this past spring -- executive director Jennifer Griola admitted it was forced to adjust its goals downward.

"We raised over $1 million this year, which did meet our projections," she said.  "But last year, we raised about $1.5 million."

Elsewhere, enrollment for the race scheduled by the North East Ohio branch this fall is down 13 percent compared to last year.

In San Francisco, with three weeks to go before their annual race, enrollment is nearly half of what it was a year ago.

Participation in Indianapolis' race plummeted to 26,000 from more than 37,000 participants the year before, and Race for the Cure in Southwest Florida reported 2,000 fewer participants than the previous year.

Komen's official reason for cutting Planned Parenthood funding was that it was under federal investigation.  However, many saw it as a politically motivated move by some of its devoutly pro-life executives, who objected to Planned Parenthood's abortion services.

Funding was restored quickly -- but not before raising the ire of past and potential participants on both sides of the aisle.

"I ran the Race for the Cure for over 10 years in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer at age 57," said Chicago-based author Iris Waichle.  "I've stopped running the race and contributing money to Komen.  As an advocate for people fighting infertility, I believe a woman has the right to choose her reproductive options."

On the other hand, Beverly Solomon, of Austin, Texas, who has never run a race but has often made contributions to Komen, vowed to stop supporting the charity because it reversed its original decision.

"How can anyone not see how offensive [it is] finding out that money intended to cure cancer was contributed to the biggest killer of women of any cause?" she asked.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Study: Stretching Before Running Doesn't Prevent Injury

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Despite the common perception that stretching before exercising prevents injury, this theory doesn't seem to hold true for runners, according to a new study released Thursday.

Authors of the study looked at 2,729 runners who run 10 or more miles per week, assigning about half of them to stretch for three-to-five minutes just prior to exercising, while the rest were told not to stretch before working out.  After observing the runners for three months, researchers found there was no difference in injury rates among runners who stretched before a run compared to those who didn’t.

The researchers did, however, find there was a 40 percent increase in injury rates among runners who normally stretched but were assigned to the no-stretch group, suggesting that switching from a pre-run stretching routine to a non-stretching routine could potentially increase injuries.

The study, conducted by USA Track and Field and Simon Fraser University, was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in San Diego.

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