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Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Reacts to New City Requirements

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 05:55 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- The "Race for the Cure" is the Susan G. Komen Foundation's signature fundraiser. And organizers thought the first Springfield race this May went well.
So when they received a letter from Public Works officials giving what organizers called an "ultimatum," they were upset.

Earlier this month, the Susan G. Komen Foundation received an email from the city of Springfield's Public Works department.

"It wasn't thanks for coming. Thanks for bringing people to downtown."

Instead, Victoria Ringer, the honorary co-chair of the Springfield race, says the email was a list of mandates for next year's race; like not holding it on a friday night, and not holding it the same time as other events.

"The reaction of, here's what you can't do, came out of the blue, because we thought everything went really well."

Newschannel at Nine was not provided a copy of the letter from Public Works though Ringer and the race director Philip Lockwood say its tone was uninviting.

The May Race for the Cure event brought more than 2,400 participants to downtown Springfield and raised more than $200,000 in gross revenues.

The director of Public Works has apologized to the organizers.

"I think just the way it was interpreted and the way staff probably presented it was not necessarily the best way to communicate that, so that's really what the failure is."

Some aldermen also apologized last night.

"And why we're not putting our resources toward events like that and making it easier, I don't understand."

Mahoney said city officials and race organizers plan to sit down in the near future to talk about the next race. While the he says the city has concerns, it does want to help the event.

"So we want to address those appropriately, so we make sure we plan as best we can to make the event a success again and continue to grow and be even more successful."

Victoria ringer says she and other organizers do plan to grow the race over the next few years. She says it was also the first race of its kind in the evening and that it was being praised by other Race for the Cure organizers around the country.   

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Reacts to New City Requirements

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