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!
Purple is the Pancreatic Cancer color in case you haven't figured that out yet. :)
*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!
Can you see the storm behind us in this picture?! Eek!