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Atlanta Race for the Cure!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

This morning, Mike and I woke up bright and early to make our way to Atlantic Station for the 20th Anniversary Atlanta Race for the Cure!

The banner announcing the event

In the past, Mike and I have had to wrestle our way through the large crowds before the event to pick up our race numbers.  This year we actually registered online far enough in advance that we received all of our race material ahead of time.  Because of that, we were able to relax before the race and soak in the atmosphere of the event.  Teams large and small were milling about, trying to get themselves organized before the start of the race.  It was a lot of fun checking out all of the pink gear and team t-shirts on the thousands of people around us.


Mike and I before the Race for the Cure (L) and one of the larger teams at the race (R)

One of the highlights of the morning was finally getting to meet Julie of the Two Pink Chicks Fo(u)r Boobs team for the Breast Cancer 3 Day.  Julie and I have been chatting on Twitter a lot, so it was great to finally meet her person.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to meet up to do some 3 Day training walks in the near future.  She needs to show me around the ‘burbs and I need to give her a tour of Intown Atlanta!

Julie and I before the Race for the Cure.

Around 8:15am, Mike and I made our way towards the actual starting line for the race.  In the past, we’ve been content to walk the course, so staying back in the pack of 17,000 people was okay.  But this year, we wanted to take it up a notch and actually run this thing.  So we worked our way up towards the starting line.  There were still thousands of people in front of us, but at least we were able to run.

The mass of people at the starting line, in the shadow of Midtown Atlanta

The race itself went pretty well.  We were able to run for most of the race without having to take too many walking breaks.  We ended up finishing in 34 minutes and 40 seconds, my fastest 5K time so far.  Mike pushed me to run a little faster than I usually run, which definitely helped.  It was also fun to read the backs of everyone’s t shirts during the race.  Next year, I’m running the whole thing and I’m going to do it in less than 30 minutes!

After we finished the race, we headed into the Expo area to grab some water and our Race for the Cure t-shirts.  I was particularly excited to get my first Race for the Cure shirt with the new design.  We also grabbed a quick snack from Skinny Cow (YUM!) and checked out a number of the vendors and sponsor booths.  I was particularly excited to get this year’s Ford Warriors in Pink scarf, something I look forward to every year.


Susan G. Komen loves Jazzercise! (L) and a picture of the Expo area after the Race (R)

Unfortunately, Mike wasn’t feeling too well, so we weren’t able to stay at the Expo for very long.  He was a real trooper, though, and fought through his terrible head cold to run the race with me.  I would have been much slower without him, so I was really touched that he still ran even though he felt so crappy.

All in all, it was a great morning at the Race for the Cure and even though Mike wasn’t feeling well, I am calling it a success!

Feeling victorious back at the car after the race!

If you would like to see more pictures from the Race for the Cure please visit this album on my Picasa page.  I have also included a slide show at the bottom of this post.  Pardon the quality of the images, I had to take them on my cell phone.

You’re Invited to the Atlanta Race for the Cure!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

This Saturday, May 6th, thousands of people from around the Atlanta area will be taking to the streets in the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and you are invited to be a part of it!

 

The Atlanta Race for the Cure is the premiere fundraiser for the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  It is held every Mother’s Day weekend and is part of the larger Race for the Cure Series, the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer research.  The Atlanta Race for the Cure was first held in 1991 with just a few hundred participants.  This year, the Atlanta Race will mark it’s 20 year anniversary, with more than 15,000 racers expected to take part.   

This year’s Race activities will take place at Atlantic Station, kicking of at 6:45am when race day registration opens.  If you would like to take part, you can register on site for $35.  The check in area Having gone through race day registration in the past, I definitely recommend that you get there early!  There will be both a 1 Mile Walk starting at 7:45am and a 5K Run/Walk starting at 8:30am.  At the conclusion of the race, there will be a vendor area where participants can grab snacks and water while visiting some of the race sponsors and local breast cancer organizations.  You find all of the details about the Atlanta Race for the Cure, including the location, time and driving directions here.

All of my race day goodies, ready to go!

This will be my fourth Race for the Cure here in Atlanta and every year I am blown away by how well organized everything is, especially given the huge number of racers that take part.  It’s a fun and easy way to get more involved with the breast cancer awareness community.  Plus, I can’t think of a better to honor my mother and all of the mothers out there than by doing something to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer.  

Watching my mom endure a series of rigorous cancer treatments not just once but twice has been eye opening for me.  Cancer is an awful thing to deal with and the treatments aren’t much better.  And I’m not the only one that has had to watch my mom go through this.  Far too many of my friends have also had to watch their mothers face this horrible disease and some of them have had to say good bye to their moms far too soon.  Running a couple miles early on a Saturday morning is nothing compared to what my mom has had to face.  No one should have to watch their mom fight for her life.  It’s time to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all.  It’s the best Mother’s Day gift that we can give to our mothers and to ourselves.

If you would like to make a donation to the Atlanta affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, you can find the links for both my husband Mike and I here:

Thank you so much for your support and I hope to see you all bright and early on Saturday morning.  I’ll be the one in pink with the bright red face after the race!

 

Atlanta Race for the Cure Reminder!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Just a short reminder tonight about the Atlanta Race for the Cure.  Tomorrow, April 16th is the FINAL day for early registration to participate in the Race for the Cure!  

If you register before 5pm tomorrow night, the registration fee is $25 per person.  Following that time, the cost to register for the Race for the Cure will go up to $30 per person.  Online registration will close on Tuesday, May 4th.  Race day registration is $40 per person.

If you are thinking about registering for the Atlanta Race for the Cure, now is the time to act!!

For more information about the Race for the Cure, please see this post.

It’s Race for the Cure Season!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

In addition to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure, the other major fundraising event that Komen for the Cure sponsors is the Race for the Cure.  Race for the Cure events are organized and run by the local Komen affiliates.  Because of that, the majority of the funds raised by the Race for the Cure remain in the local community, funding patient outreach services and awareness activities.

Yesterday, Mike and I registered for our fourth Atlanta Race for the Cure (and my sixth overall!).  The Atlanta Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, May 8th at Atlantic Station. Race day registration starts at 6:45am and the 5K race starts at 8:30am.  The whole thing is usually done by 11am.  As always, the Atlanta race is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend and I personally think it’s a wonderful way to honor my own mom (a breast cancer survivor), my honorary mom Marcia (who passed away last April) and all of the moms that have battled this awful disease.

Registration for the Atlanta event is $25 until April 16th and $30 after that.  Online registration closes on Tuesday, May 4th.  Race day registration is $35 per person.  Finally, the registration fee for all kids 12 and under is $15 and registering to “Sleep In for the Cure” is $40.  You can register as an individual here or as part of our “Relentless Optimism ATL” team here.  For more information about the Atlanta Race for the Cure, please click here.

Because I have yet to reach my minimum for the Breast Cancer 3 Day, I’m not planning to do any active fundraising for the Race for the Cure.  However, the links for my personal page and for Mike’s page are in the sidebar and below:

Click here for Kristen’s Atlanta Race for the Cure page!

Click here for Mike’s Atlanta Race for the Cure page!

Click here for the Relentless Optimism ATL team page!

To see photos from the 2007 and 2008 Atlanta and CNY Race for the Cure events, the links for each album are below.  I also ran in the 2009 Atlanta Race for the Cure, but I don’t have any pictures because I was running and didn’t bring my camera.  I’ll get more this year, I promise!

Click here to view photos from the 2007 Atlanta Race for the Cure!

Click here to view photos from the 2007 Central New York Race for the Cure!

Click here to view photos from the 2008 Atlanta Race for the Cure!

Click here to view photos from the 2008 Central New York Race for the Cure, courtesy of Melissa Campos!

If you would like to participate in the Race for the Cure but don’t live in the Atlanta area, you can find out when your local event is by searching here.  Once you register, please shoot me an email and I’ll add you to the list of friends and family that are participating below.  Good luck everyone and have fun!

Friends and Family Race for the Cure pages (more to come!)

Catherine Jazmin Gatto de Torres and her husband Vidal are members of the Pink Ladies team in the Richmond, Virginia Race for the Cure!

Joanna Amato is a member of the 2nd Basemen team in the Atlanta Race for the Cure!

For friends and family in Central New York, the CNY Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, May 15th at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Information about that event can be found here.

For friends and family in the Washington DC area, the Global Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, June 5th at the National Mall.  Information about that event can be found here.

 All images were captured from Susan G. Komen webpages.  Please don’t sue me!

 

Get Involved!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

In honor of today’s National Day of Service, I thought I would remind everyone of some of the many ways that you can get involved in the ongoing fight against breast cancer.  While there are many, many other ways to get involved, this post highlights just a few of the activities that I’ve been a part of that benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

First and foremost, I encourage everyone to consider participating in the Breast Cancer 3 Day.  It is a lot of work to do the fundraising and the training to walk 60 miles, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of.  You can read more about it on the official Breast Cancer 3 Day website.  And if you can’t walk, consider getting involved with the crew.  They are an indispensable part of the 3 Day experience and I strongly encourage people to consider that as an alternative to walking in the 3 Day.  There are 3 Day events in 15 different cities, so even if you can’t join us in Boston, think about walking in your own city.

Also, if you do decide to take on the 3 Day challenge, consider becoming part of our team, Relentless Optimism.  We are always open to new members, regardless of what city you choose to walk in.

Melissa & I at the 2007 3 Day Finish Line (L) and Kelly & I at the end of Day 2 of the 2008 3 Day (R)

 

If you are looking for a less time-intensive commitment but still want to help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research, you should sign up for the Race for the Cure through your local Komen affiliate.  For those who don’t know, Race for the Cure is a 5K Run/Walk that benefits the local chapters of Komen for the Cure, with the majority of the money that is raised going directly back into your community.  I have walked and/or run in at least five separate Race for the Cure events in three cities and I can promise you, it is well worth the early Saturday morning.  Plus, free t-shirt!

For those that are in Upstate New York, the 2010 Race for the Cure will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Saturday, May 15th.  You can find all of the details about registering for the race and donating to participants at their official website.
Syracuse Race for the Cure 2007 (L) and 2008 (R)

 

 

With Marcia & Tommy at the 2007 Syracuse Race for the Cure

 

For those of you that are in Atlanta, like me, the 2010 Race for the Cure will be held on Saturday, May 8th at Atlantic Station.  All of the details about registering for the Atlanta Race for the Cure and donating to participants can be found at the official website.
Hannah, Anjali & Suzanne at the Atlanta Race for the Cure 2007 (L) and the balloons over Atlanta during the Atlanta Race for the Cure 2008 (R)

 

For everyone else, you can easily locate a Race for the Cure event near you at this website.  I can’t urge you to get involved in this great event enough.  If you don’t think you can handle a 5K, there’s almost always a 1 mile walk option instead!  If my 90 year old grandmother can do it, what’s your excuse? 

 

Mima (second from right) walking in the 2007 Syracuse Race for the Cure

 

If you are more interested in political activism that athletic activities, consider signing up for the Komen Advocacy Alliance.  The Advocacy Alliance is the legislative advocacy arm of Komen for the Cure.  This is a no-cost, no-commitment way to harness the most powerful tools we have for breast cancer advocacy: our voices as citizens.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the easiest way to get involved: DONATE!  You can use the widget at the top, right hand side of my blog to donate to my fundraising efforts for the 2010 Breast Cancer 3 Day.  Or, if you prefer, you can take part in one (or more!) of my fundraising contests which you can read all about on our team blog.

There are so many ways to get involved in the fight against breast cancer.  Try one of them, try all of them.  Just get out there and get involved!

It’s Race for the Cure Season!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Hi everyone!

It is now May and in my world, that can only mean one thing: Race for the Cure!

This Saturday, I will be walking (or maybe even running!) in the Atlanta Race for the Cure. The event kicks off at 7:30AM at Atlantic Station and I will be there with my pink shoelaces on! To help me reach my fundraising goals ($100 in five days!), please visit my personal fundraising page at http://race.komenatlanta.org/goto/kscincotta. I have added the link over in the sidebar to make things easier.

As I posted below, my friend and surrogate mother Marcia recently lost her long battle with breast cancer. This year, I am walking to honor her memory. Over the years, Marcia was a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness and she worked very hard to raise money for breast cancer research. This will be the first year in a long time that she won’t be doing her own Race for the Cure. She was also one of my strongest supporters in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. It is only fitting that we continue her hard work, especially on Mother’s Day Weekend.

In addition to my race here in Atlanta, a team has been formed in Marcia’s honor for the Central New York Race for the Cure. A link to the team page for “Marcia’s Memory” can be found in the sidebar. Both of my parents are walking as a part of that team, and I have linked to each of their pages as well.

Please, please think about making a fully tax-deductible donation to any of us taking part in the Race for the Cure. I know far too many people who have watched their mothers face this awful disease (including my own). It’s time to put an end to it once and for all.

I’m still alive, I promise!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Hi everyone! 

Shenanigans and I went on our first 3-mile walk since the 3-Day event today and boy, am I out of shape! However, I got to thinking about the 3-Day as we walked around the neighborhood, and I realized that I am LONG overdue for an update on this blog.

First, apologies for not updating in the fall after the event. The late fall is always a busy time for me and this year was no exception. I have a major conference every fall that requires a lot of prep time, and while I opted not to attend at the last minute, I was still very busy up until then in the hopes that I could scrape together enough data for a presentation. After that, I got a new computer which took a lot of time to set up, and shortly thereafter, we hosted Thanksgiving Dinner, a major Christmas Party for our friends and Mike’s family over Christmas. All in all, it was a busy fall and long story short, I ran out of time.

I still have every intention of recapping the 3-Day event from last fall, both on this blog and in follow up letters to all of my donors. Even more importantly, I have a slew of thank you notes that need to go out. I will be making all of that my priority from here on out and am hoping to have it wrapped up by the end of April. Feel free to hold me to that!

Finally, I have not made a decision about walking in the 3-Day again in 2009. I fully intend to walk again in the future, but 2009 may not be feasible for me. I have a wedding to attend the weekend of the Atlanta event (congrats Anj and Kurt!), so if I walk again, it will have to be in another city (perhaps DC?). I am also hoping to finish up grad school once and for all this fall, so hopefully, I will be really tied up with that. I will be sure to update here once I make a decision one way or the other. Regardless, I am definitely going to be walking in the Atlanta Race for the Cure in May, so look for updates on that as well.

Thanks so much for staying with me through all of this. I’m really excited to share all of our adventures from the 3-Day with all of you!

Kristen