Race Days Are Special Days

Wet pavement doesn’t slow down runners in Columbia, Missouri.

Big or small, Race day is special for all. Whether you walk or run, or just come for some fun, we’ve got something for everyone this fall!

In addition to uniting supporters and survivors, the seven Races held on the second weekend of October each had something that helped make it a memorable day.

Mid-Missouri featured Chicago-based entertainers, Charizma, at their Race on Saturday, October 12. The venue change to Peace Park in downtown Columbia was welcomed by all – runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors and local residents. And the 30-minute rain shower at 6 a.m. was barely noticed by participants who enjoyed the day with the very special entertainment.

Olympian Amanda Beard encourages Racers in Phoenix.

Also on Saturday, racers at the 21st Annual Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure® had the opportunity to get “pinked” as they crossed the finish line at Birmingham’s downtown Linn Park. The race course divided into two lanes and volunteers held signs that let racers know which lanes allowed them to get doused with washable pink cornstarch as they crossed the finish line. Organizers of the event say that this new feature especially appeals to “kids and adults who are kids at heart.”

Getting “pinked” was also a new addition to the 17th annual Komen Race for the Cure in Wichita Falls. The “Tunnel of Pink” was an optional additional event at this year’s Race, advertised as a way for participants to “get their pink on.” Over 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the Race, making it the largest footrace in Wichita Falls.

Thousands of supporters hit the oceanfront in their pink gear for the 13th Annual Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure®, which took place in Virginia Beach, VA. Survivors commented that Race day is an enormously effective opportunity to reduce fears about breast cancer and stimulate a positive attitude toward the disease.

The following day, Komen Central and Northern Arizona was honored to have four-time Olympian Amanda Beard serve as the honorary Race chair of the 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure®. Beard also competed in the run and her team, “Team Swim Like A Mom,” raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research. Beard’s grandmother has battled breast cancer for 10 years, and in that time Beard has been a constant presence in the fight against breast cancer. In total, the event raised $1.2 million, according to the Race committee members.

Smith’s customers raise funds in Central New Mexico.

Komen Louisville Executive Director Lynda Weeks had only one word to describe the 18th Annual Komen Louisville Race for the Cure®, which was also held on Sunday – “Amazing!”  And when asked what made it amazing, she added, “It doesn’t get much better than to have a beautiful day at Slugger Field with over 800 survivors to celebrate a Race for the Cure.”  A special treat this year was the Survivor Trolley used to transport survivors in treatment.  The completely “pinked out” trolley car, sponsored by the Ford UAW assembly plant, was a popular photo shoot for all participants.

Sunday’s third Race was in Albuquerque, where the annual Central New Mexico Race for the Cure® celebrated survivors in attendance with a survivor ceremony and parade serenaded by bagpipes. Race day brought another uplifting surprise when local grocery store, Smith’s, presented a $54,000 donation. The funding was from the sale of pink ribbon cutouts the store had been featuring at their check-out lanes.

Young and old, across the country participants took the opportunity to make an impact and Be Bold! If you would like to help make an impact in your local community, visit our website and find a Race near you.

About the author

Susan G. Komen has written 343 articles for Susan G. Komen® | Blog

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.