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Runners and walkers in the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer should be prepared for the challenge

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It's time to get ready for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.

The race is coming up next week on Saturday, May 10th.  

If you're going to be running or walking in the race, hopefully you've been training for it.

KSFY News spoke with a trainer who advises how to be prepared for the big day.

The Avera Race Against Breast Cancer features a 5K or 10K run.

And if you can't run, you can walk.

But whether you walk or run, you probably should have been practicing for a few weeks by now.

There's one thing runners and walkers should have in place to make it to the finish line

Avera McKennan Fitness trainer Andrea Sprik said "I always just recommend that people actually get a plan, especially if they've never done one before, than just trying to run every once and a while, but actually follow a 12 or 16 week plan."

And the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer is no walk in the park

"It's been a long winter here so if you haven't done much running outside, I would recommend trying to get outside because it's different terrain than on a treadmill. It's much more challenging. This route for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer is actually a very challenging route," Sprik said.

That route could cause the agony of "da-feet."

"At this point, you probably don't want to get new shoes, since you only have a couple weeks to break them in, but if you really don't have good shoes, having good shoes is really important so if you buy them right now, you'll still have a couple weeks to break them in," Sprik said.

Sprik took part in the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer for years as a runner, but now as a breast cancer survivor.

"Just seeing the amount of people, first of all, that are there and just the support that is there and the love that is shown between families and friends, it's honestly, i've said it many times before, it's one of my best days of the whole year," Sprik said.

Sprik said this year she will be volunteering at the finish line.

She's never won the race herself but is excited to see the first person who makes it across the finish line.
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