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Mother, daughter race for a reason

5/12/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Fort Hays State University alumni were among the participants of the second annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday in Hays.

Approximately 1,000 runners came to support the cause, including Donna Fleharty, FHSU class of 1983, and her daughter, Renee Gerstner, class of 2008.

The mother-daughter team runs the majority of local races and completed 12 in the last year.

"We started running about two years ago to get in shape and as something to do together," Gerstner said. "As soon as we were able to run 3 miles, we started signing up for races just for fun."

Race for the Cure is the largest race in Hays, and the team enjoys participating in the larger-race environment.

"This is neat because it's a huge race, a big turnout for a local venue, and it's really great to be in that big-race atmosphere," Fleharty said.

In addition, Fleharty said the cause has personal significance.

"I'm lucky in that breast cancer hasn't directly affected me," Fleharty said. "I have a lot of friends who have survived breast cancer, and I feel very fortunate for them to still be here."

The team will continue to run and has begun to venture out of the city for races.

"It's a lot of fun," Gerstner said. "Plus, it's not really expensive, great therapy and the atmosphere is fun."