Sexy Schoolgirl race canceled in NC amid concerns

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Updated: 6/26 6:42 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Organizers of a 5k race that encourages women runners to dress up like schoolgirls said Thursday that they have canceled a planned race in Raleigh.

Sexy Schoolgirl race organizers told city officials on Thursday they were canceling the race, in part because of the "community controversy" it had created.

Former Raleigh police captain Paula O'Neal, who organizes other races, told the council she questioned the message being sent -- especially with the problem of rape and violence against girls in schools and on college campuses.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports reports that race organizers also cited a lack of early sign-ups as a factor in their decision.

The group's website said races are planned for Charlotte, Cincinnati and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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