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Look behind the scenes of the Avera Race

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It's known for bringing together family, friends and most importantly cancer survivors.

For more than 23 years, thousands have been racing toward a common goal - to enhance cancer care for people right here in Sioux Falls. It's a great moment for the community, but it also takes a lot of hard work to make it a success.

Thousands pound the pavement each year in Sioux Falls to raise money for cancer patients and their families.

"This race has a history of success, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year and certainly is for a wonderful cause," Mayor Mike Huether said.

Also, there are plenty of people behind the scenes making sure each race is successful, and safe.

"By meeting with the event holder several months in advance, it gives us an idea how many officers we're going to need, what kind of setup we're going to need what other resources we might need to assist them with, traffic cones, barricades," Lt. Galen Smidt.

Sioux Falls police said it's not unusual for the department to work with organizers on big events like this-- planning is key.

"Because the day of the event typically they're busy doing their job doing what they need to do to make their event successful, they really don't want to have to worry about the police aspect," Smidt said.

Mayor Huether says any event that brings people together for a good cause, is good for the community.

"One thing about Sioux Falls and South Dakotans is we rally around things like this," Huether said.

And, that makes all the hard work worth the effort.

"It's a good race, it's a good cause," Smidt said.

Maps of some of the routes have been posted the to the Avera Race website. Click the links to see the maps.

There's still time to sign up for the race. We've put more information at www.ksfy.com. Sign up yourself, or get a team together. This year's race is May 12 at the Avera Mckennan fitness center.

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