Few events in South Florida match the energy of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. An army of thousands clad in pink turn out in support of breast cancer survivors in an event that feels like a hopeful celebration for the future.
While most of the friends, family and survivors participate in the 5k fun run, others join the competitive 5k. This posed a conundrum for the Fordistas team. While we are “competitive” we’re not exactly “joiners.” The solution: compete in the fun run.
People marched down Flagler street carrying banners and cheering while we sprinted through the crowd in the ultimate display of athletic prowess. We crossed the finish line after about 35 minutes feeling pretty proud of ourselves.
That pride quickly turned into humility once they began announcing the race results. The speakers rang out with the name, age and completion time of breast cancer survivors. “Jane Doe, age 75, 24 minutes. Joan Smith, age 64, 23 minutes.”
These women are athletes, fighters and survivors. That’s what the Komen race is all about.
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