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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Members of the Virginia rowing team donated more than $5,000 to the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program by participating in its ninth-annual Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler on Sept. 5.

The race, Virginia’s largest all-women’s event and a Charlottesville tradition, is a four-mile course in Albemarle County near Foxfield. More than 60 members of the team participated and raised money for the cause of breast cancer research and awareness.

“It’s something that we think is important and it has become a great tradition for the team,” head coach Kevin Sauer said. “This is our ninth year doing it and we are going to end up donating more than $5,000. The precedent is set and it’s amazing to see some of the things our kids can do.”

UVa’s top three finishers in the race were Summers Nelson (26:18.2), Helen Tompkins (26:29.7) and Claudia Blandford (27:10.2) but in a race benefiting cancer research Nelson says being a top finisher is not the real reward.

“What is amazing about this event is the amount of women who participate or come out to support those who are running,” Nelson said. “To see so many survivors really makes me appreciate my good health and makes me think how lucky I am even to be able to run in the event. It’s so rewarding to know as a team we are contributing to a cause that truly makes an impact in Charlottesville.”

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