Tomorrow morning, 18,000 people will take to the streets of Atlanta for the local Race for the Cure – an event not to be missed!
The Race for the Cure is one of my absolute favorite events, for a number of reasons:
First, anyone can do it. Anyone. At it’s most basic, it’s a 5K race which I am quite looking forward to running. But you don’t have to be a runner to take part in the race. The majority of the participants choose to walk the 5K distance. That’s a squidge over 3 miles, for those who were wondering. If that sounds like a little too much for you, you can opt to walk the one mile route instead. And if that STILL sounds like more than you can handle on an early Saturday morning, you can Sleep in for the Cure instead! The event is open to men, women, kids, babies in strollers, people in wheelchairs – pretty much the only people that aren’t welcome are our four-legged friends (sorry, Shenanigans!).
Second, the time commitment is short. From start to finish, the whole event lasts about three hours. You’ll be getting home feeling very accomplished while most people are just finishing their morning coffee. If you can spare three hours tomorrow morning, definitely think about coming out and joining us!
Third, it’s more than just a race. There is a terrific festival like energy around the whole event. There is a Survivor Breakfast at 7:30am, a post-race Expo area with a performance stage and tons of vendors, and even a Kids Area for the little ones. The whole community rallies together at the Race for the Cure to really show our support for not just our survivors but for anyone that has been touched by breast cancer. There is an amazing feeling of hope and determination that permeates the Race for the Cure. You definitely want to be a part of it.
Fourth, there is no fundraising minimum. Which is not to say that you shouldn’t fund raise or donate (*hint hint*). You absolutely should. But unlike the 3 Day, which has a hefty fundraising minimum that scares off a lot of potential walkers, there is no pressure here. Raise exactly as much money as you can and that is good enough. Every penny counts! Oh, and if you haven’t registered yet, you still have plenty of time to get into the fundraising game. Donations are accepted until May 31st!
And finally, the Race for the Cure REALLY makes an impact. The Komen Atlanta folks are expecting at least 18,000 people tomorrow. That’s 18,000 people raising money for this great cause, working together to make the future brighter for those with breast cancer. As of right now, the Atlanta Race for the Cure has already raised 1.49 million dollars. That’s MILLION. The goal for the event is $2 million and with all of the last minute registrations that come in every year, that number is completely within reach. And here’s the best part: all of that money will stay right here in Atlanta where it can do the most good!
So hopefully, I’ve convinced you all to come out to Atlantic Station tomorrow morning and join me, my husband and the rest of my Team Twitter teammates for this amazing event! If you are interested in joining us, the race day details can be found here. Race day registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children. Registration and number pick up starts at 6:45am, so plan to be there early. The 1 Mile Walk starts at 7:45am and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30am. For directions to race site at Atlantic Station, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
If you would like to meet up with Team Twitter tomorrow morning, we will be assembling in front of the Victoria’s Secret/Nine West store fronts at 18th Street and East District Ave starting around 7:00am. (For a map the area, please click here.) Post race, we will all be meeting around the Kids Zone in the Expo area before heading to a team victory brunch at West Egg Cafe around 10am. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, putting the faces with the names of our new friends and just generally enjoying what promises to be a great morning!
Meeting Team Twitter captain Julie for the first time at the 2010 Race for the Cure
If you would like support me in the Atlanta Race for the Cure, you can make a donation through my personal page, here or by clicking the Race for the Cure logo on the left hand side of the page. Thanks!
If you would like to see more pictures from recent Race for the Cure events, you can find them on the Photo Albums page.
I’ve got my sneakers all ready to race! See you at the Race!
P.S. -I totally forgot! I also LOVE the Atlanta Race for the Cure because it is always Mother’s Day weekend. Having watched my own mom fight breast cancer over the last few years just makes this the absolute best way for me to honor her on Mother’s Day weekend. If I can’t be with her, then at least I can fight for her!