May 11, 2013
I spent the morning at a different kind of race than most might see in a review. This one wasn't about weeks of training for the miles, it was about weeks of fundraising. This wasn't a race to get a PR, it was about helping "create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays". My family, friends and some of the members of my local Moms RUN this town joined together to make a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We went for a pirate themed team and called ourselves the "Treasured Chests".
For the Portland, Oregon location, we had a leisurely stroll of 2 miles and it took us about 40 minutes. Along the way we had cheerleaders and a large water station to help people stay hydrated with the warmer temperatures. It was a little unfortunate that the event was held at a racetrack, so instead of trees and some of the natural beauty available in the pacific northwest, we had asphalt and an enclosed oval of ads targeted for race car fans. Was it a drag (pun intended)? Was it something not worth doing again, even if it is at the same venue? NO! It was fun! Even if people were a little shy and it was the volunteers dancing to the music and having the most fun... :) I can't complain about that, despite dressing up as a pirate and having a pirate in a sparkly pink bra on the back of my shirt, I'm actually a bit of a wall flower. You wouldn't see me over there dancing at the stage, even if the whole event was rocking out. Well, maybe if I was the only one standing still, but that is yet to be determined.
ANYWAY! The event was a huge success and one team raised over $100,000!! They even had a car given away at a raffle and gift cards galore for a local sporting goods store. The grand total is still being calculated, but it gives me hope that my Bug-a-boo and Squeakers will grow up in a world where cancer isn't such a nasty word to strike terror in the heart. Just a "bump in the road". Especially since the average is 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and the odds go against her as she gets older. So, with my daughters in mind, I hope to fight for a world with less breast cancer, and more birthdays.