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Susan G. Komen cancels D.C. 3-Day Walk

Update Date: Jun 05, 2013 11:23 PM EDT

The Susan G. Komen foundation canceled its signature 3-Day walk in Washington and six other cities next year, citing weak participation numbers, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

The organization announced "the 3-Day will not be returning to the following markets in 2014: Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.," on Facebook Monday.

Seven other such walks will still be held next year in Atlanta, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Detroit area, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Komen officials cited "economic uncertainty over the past four years" as the reason for canceling next year's races in some areas. Participation in the three-day events has declined 37 percent over the last four years, according to the group.

Participants must raise at least $2,300 to walk 60 miles over three days, and due to the amount of money that must be raised, 60 percent of participants only take part in the event once, Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader said.

In 2012, the Associated Press reported participation in Komen races had dropped since the announcement that Komen had decided to stop making grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer-screening.

Meanwhile, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which also benefits breast cancer research, is still on. That event will take place in early May.

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