Well, today was an early morning, as me and a bunch of friends went to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. We met down at Union Station, which is a beautiful part of downtown KC. (Yes, it’s in the part of KC that is in Missouri. Yes, it’s stupid that Kansas City is in two different states.) The place where I work has lost a lot of people to cancer; not necessarily to breast cancer, but hey, cancer is cancer. They have participated for several years now, and this was the first time I was in town the weekend of the race, so I finally got to experience it for myself.
We met at the crack of dawn, supposedly at 6:40 this morning, although after spending 30 minutes in line to park, I was a bit tardy. When I got there, we met by the fountain for pictures and to chat. “Lynne” talked me into walking the 5K even though I’d signed up for the mile. It was such a special occasion, she actually agreed to let me post a real live actual bonafide picture of her, so here ya go:
You can’t really see them in all their glory, but I’m actually wearing pink bunny ears and a visor… it was quite the look at today’s event. Here is the balloon archway right before the starting line:
It was such a huge crowd that it actually took 5 or 10 minutes just to get to the starting line:
Once we turned the corner, I started to get an idea of just how big the event really was. Here is what I saw in front of me:
Of course, seeing that many people in front of me, my assumption was that I was bringing up the rear, that is, until I looked behind me:
Dang that’s a lot of people… 16,000 in fact. All of the breast cancer survivors wore pink shirts. It was astonishing to see how many were there, and how long they had survived. (They wore signs that said how long ago they had beaten cancer.)
Needless to say, despite the early morning start, I will be participating next year if I am in town. It was a blast, and it was a good cause. For more information about Race for the Cure, and when it will be in your city, check out the Susan G. Komen Website and do your part.