I know there are a lot of marathoners and half marathoners out there who cringe at the idea of participating in a 5K. This ginger-kid is not one of them.

One of the reasons I love the running community so much is that a lot of the races we like to participate in are tied to a charity or nonprofit organization that needs assistance with funding, support, or awareness. 

This weekend was the Oklahoma chapter of the Purple Stride 5K. This race is a benefit race put on to raise awareness and funding for PanCAN aka Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  A friend of mine has been recently directly affected by Pancreatic Cancer and put together a team in honor of her loved one. When she told me about the 5K, I immediately knew we'd be running it with her! The race was a lot of fun. It could be that the race had Zumba going on before the opening ceremonies or it could be that I got to run and hang out with some friends. Either way, it was a good time for a good cause! I've never been to a race where they did Zumba as a warm-up, but I LOVE the idea! 

To help raise awareness for PanCAN and Pancreatic Cancer in general, I sent an email out to my co-workers and a bunch of us wore purple the day before the race to get pumped up! It was fun and we even managed to get most of us together for a group picture! 
Purple is the Pancreatic Cancer color in case you haven't figured that out yet. :) 

I'm super proud of my team! We managed to place in several different categories for the overall event!
*My team, Laurie's Purple Warriors, got 3rd place in overall fundraising! 

*We raised over $5000! The event itself surpassed their $80,000 goal by raising over $90,000 for cancer research. 

*Our team captain, got 4th place in individual fundraising! 

*The Hubbo got 3rd place in his age group (30-39) and totally smashed his 5K PR by almost 2 minutes! 

*I got 3rd place in my age group (30-39) as well! 

My overall race results:
  • Time: 29:09
  • 44th out of 130 timed runners
  • 3rd out of 22 for my age division
  • 14th out of 72 for my gender

Random Picture Alert!

Also - two weeks ago the Hubbo and I joined Team Jenny in the Tulsa Komen Race for the Cure! We had a ton of fun, got a little wet, and provided a little support to a friend who just finished her treatment for breast cancer! 

Can you see the storm behind us in this picture?! Eek! 

Question - What is your favorite race that is tied to a good cause?


10/20/2013 10:50pm

5Ks are my least favorite, but next year, I am going to learn to love them!

Congrats on the AG awards!

10/23/2013 1:54pm

Thanks Kristy! I am definitely appreciating the less wear and tear on my body by doing the shorter distances. Your body will probably appreciate it too!

03/12/2014 10:12am

I just can run for 1k :(

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