On Cinco de Mayo 2012, I ran a 5K in my first Race for the Cure.  The 17th Annual Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure took place in downtown Las Vegas on and by the Fremont Street Experience.  The race helps raise funds and awareness toward finding a cure for breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer, and through her diagnose and countless days in the hospital she thought of ways to make life better for other women fighting breast cancer.  Susan G. Komen lost her battle with breast cancer, but her legacy lives on through the organization her sister founded in her honor.  Her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.  Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has been a major role in the fight against breast cancer through their contributions for more early detection, more hope, more research, and helping breast cancer patients become breast cancer survivors.
I personally ran the race in celebration of my friend and neighbor, Thalia, who more than once battled breast cancer and survived.  She’s an awesome person and an amazing mother.  Our family was more than happy and proud to join her team “The Survivor Sisters”.  I also wanted to run this race for my paternal grandmother I never met, as she passed away from this very disease before I was born.

At this special event, breast cancer survivors were definitely recognized with their own bright pink shirts and bright pink hats.  I found this so necessary as they reminded us what we’re fighting for!  The survivors were given the much deserved VIP treatment with a designated area for complimentary breakfast at the Pretty in Pink Cafe prior to the race, complimentary and convenient parking in the crowded downtown area, survivor recognition ceremony, tribute song, and a survivor parade.

The race started at 8:15 AM.  Prior to the race, we enjoyed live entertainment, took a walk through the food court, and visited the sponsor expo.  We scored a bunch of cool, free gear – like my hot pink 80s sweat band I rocked during the race.  I did have a personal goal to beat my prior 5k race time of nearly 35 minutes.  My husband also challenged himself by pushing our almost 3 year old son in a jogging stroller through the course.

I walked away with a new PR (personal record) for a 5k with a time of 31:56!  I think all my CrossFit efforts are working out.  The race was a special and memorable experience.  We’ll definitely be running again next year – faster, and ready to support our team with more donations and sponsors.  Won’t you join us?  The more the merrier, and the more awareness we’ll bring to the fight against breast cancer!