Well, the Race for the Cure was last Saturday, May 12th. Thanks to those who contributed, Tate and I almost made our goal of raising $1,000. We were $25 shy. Next year we hope to exceed our goal. Our team, Friends Having Fun for the Cure surpassed the team goal of $5,000 and raised $5,718 with more money still needing to be counted. As a whole, Sacramento raised over $2.5 million for the Cure! AMAZING!
We arrived Saturday morning at 7:15 am to meet up with our team. We then walked together to the starting line to wait for the runners to be released at 7:45am. It took about 5 minutes for all of the runners (est 5,000 of them) to get across the starting line. A few of our team members including Tate, our team captain Corinne and our team survivor, Laura chose to run the race and started first. Tate finished in about 35 minutes while Corinne & Laura finished in about 43 minutes. Way to go Guys!!!
The rest of us were walking… along with the remaining 20,000 people! We started about 30 minutes after the runners started at 8:15. There were so many people it was amazing. Although, you could see them ahead of you and behind you so it didn’t feel like that many people. The rest of us finished the 5k (3.1 mile) walk in about an hour. We were all exhausted, thirsty and hungry afterwards.
It was an emotional day for many of us. It was all I could do to keep from crying every time I walked passed a Survivor in pink or read the “In Memory of…” or “In Celebration of…” signs on everyone’s back. There were people with photos of their loved ones on posters, banners and signs. While there were so many “In Memory of…” There seemed to be more Women in Pink… this was a GOOD THING. Once we were at the Survivor’s rally, men (yes men) and women survivors gathered together in groups showing how long they had survived. It started at 50+ years and went all the way down to 0-1 years. At this point, I could hold it in no more, tears rolled down my face as I watched these men and women walk past me, proud as ever to have fought and won. It gets me even now. I never did hear how many survivors were present, but there had to have been at least 1,000 of them.
I hope to do the race again next year with my mom and Tate. We are already working on putting together a team, “Fins for the Cure”. We are hoping to get 20+ members of our team and will increase or fund raising goal to $7,000. I hope you will be there for me next year too. Below is a video from Channel 13 news that gives you an idea of what it was like.
Click below to see pictures of our team and our race. Photo’s courtesy of our team photographer, Holger Fuerst
Photos: Komen Race for the Cure 2007