Susan G. Komen 3-Day kicks off in D.C.

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Many Washingtonians are waiting out the wet weather inside, but with several D.C. events happening outside this weekend, event organizers hope it's the crowds pouring in and not the rain.

"One of the great things about Taste is you can try over 70 restaurants all at the same place [and] all at the same time,” said Taste of D.C. CEO Steuart Martens.

Despite the wicked weather and the shutdown showdown, his show is still going on.

"Sure, we always want great weather,” said Marten. “[But] that's kind of the risk in live events."

Nevertheless, he’s staying positive. “When it comes down to it, I think a lot of people will be able to take a break from whatever is stressing them out [and] come out [and] have a good time," he said matter-of-factly.

A huge crowd is expected to sip, savor and celebrate as the festival’s motto goes along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Furloughed government employees will get a two for the price of one discount with a government I.D.

At the same time, a sea of pink will continue flooding the streets as thousands of people lace up for a cure -- the Susan G Komen 3-day kicked off early Friday morning in the District.

For those who have lost loved ones to the disease, even drenching rain can't stop them from marching on in their memory.

Participants will walk 60 miles throughout the weekend to celebrate those who have battled breast cancer and to remember those who died from the disease.

“It's hard, but we're motivated and we keep each other going," says one participant. "It's for a good cause. We're going to push through."

At mile 13 on Friday at UDC. on Connecticut Avenue, there was a break for lunch and a chance to escape the downpour and share stories.

"I'm actually walking for Barb Doane, a member of our church who recently passed away," says walker Marci Mulligan.

"Mastectomy, radiation, chemo," describes breast cancer survivor Ron Reinhart from Baltimore. "A lot of people don't realize men can get it, too. I sure didnt' realize it!"

"My wife of over 30 years passed away last summer," says John Shinar, who is walking all 14 Komen 3-Days nationwide.

"If somebody looks at me, they see me walking by myself. But I'm never walking by myself, because she's on my shoulder all the way along."

But this year’s Komen 3-Day is the last for D.C. – a casualty of budget cuts fueled in part by last year’s firestorm over Komen’s decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood for providing abortion services.

Though the funding quickly was restored, the damage was already done.

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For more information on The Taste of D.C., click here.

For more information on Komen 3-Day D.C., click here.

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