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on May 04, 2015 at 8:05 AM, updated May 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM
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Nearly 4,000 people came out Sunday for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure — an event that this year added a children’s Color Run.

The scaled-down children’s course featured stations where runners were doused with colored powder — mostly pink, of course. About 250 children participated in that race, at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex.

David Carl of Morristown, 27, the winner in the men’s category, set a new course record for the 5K race, shaving 29 seconds off last year’s record by finishing in 17:54.

Race to beat breast cancerThe 2015 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure was held in West Orange at the South Mountain Recreation Center. There was a 5k run, 1.5 mile walk and a Kids for the Cure color run. Proceeds from the race will go to help cancer research and helping those affected by breast cancer. (Video by Ed Murray | NJ Advancemedia)

Kenneth Bucsko, 19, of Clifton, placed second, at 18:34, while Sam Tenebaum, 14, of Monroe Township placed third with a time of 18:44.5.

In the women’s category, first place went to Laura Peifer, 33, of West Orange, with a time of 21.23.2. Second place, with a time of 22:00:3, went to Elizabeth Deutsch, 56, of Maplewood. Rebecca Falcone, 39, of Basking Ridge, got third place with a time of 22:41.7.

In the special breast cancer survivors’ category, Sherry Peterson-Keyt of New Providence, 49, placed first with a time of 23:46.9. Michelle Stern, 47, of Haworth, came in second with a time of 24:41:8, while third place went to Leah Kabrt, 53, of West Caldwell. Her time was 26:40:3.

Race organizers estimated about 350 breast cancer survivors participated in the Survivor Procession, a race tradition.

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