Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure {2012}

I woke up extra early this past Saturday for a special event.

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I participated in my first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I don’t know why I’ve waited this long to participate, but if you get anything from this post, I hope you’re encouraged to participate in your local SGK Race for the Cure or another charity race. I think I was trying to avoid the crowds and 3+ miles of walking, but those are silly excuses in the grand scheme of things.

Here’s some logic for those on the fence:

  • So you don’t like crowds? -> This crowd is friendly, and you usually only see the small group right around where you’re walking.
  • Say you’re not a runner? -> You can walk it!
  • Don’t want to walk 3+ miles? -> They have a 1 mile option (at least they did at my event), but the 5k really isn’t that bad. If you can walk for about 2 hours, you’ll be good. And you spent that long walking around the last time you were at the mall, riiight?
  • Does the 5k make you think of an intimidating race? -> You can take this one at your own pace (including leisurely walking or dance-walking…whatever you fancy) by doing the recreational 5k. Easy and low-stress.

Feel free to share more excuse-busters in a comment.

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I won’t lie, the parking was a little frenzied, but the rest of the day was great.

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The air was buzzing with positive energy, and the 5k wasn’t even too bad to walk. You guys know I’m not much of a runner/walker.

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Unlike my last 5k, my goal on this one was more about the overall experience. I wasn’t worried about running or finishing in a certain time. In fact, I did the 5k with a bunch of my Zumba friends, and we did a dance walk, complete with our own speaker and a fun playlist. Being with my friends, along with the music, made the time fly by.

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The 5k was over before I knew it!

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Luckily, we had planned ahead for something special after the 5k – breakfast at The Flying Biscuit! And since you guys requested more “eats photos,” I thought I’d share a couple.

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I got my usual – The High Flyer with half grits, half potatoes.

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It was a great end to the morning’s activities.

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Here’s a quick video I put together of the 5k to help share the experience. Hope you like it!

Thanks for reading and watching!

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Reader question: Have you done the Race for the Cure? How was your experience? Did you walk in honor of someone?

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Comments

  1. Laura says

    So great you did Race for the Cure! I’ve never done it – typically it attracts 10-15,000 people here, and I just can’t deal with that crowd, no matter how much I believe in the cause. I love the video though! Thanks for sharing.

    I do walk the Susan G. Komen 3-Day every year (a 60-mile walk with $2300 fundraising minimum). It’s typically just 1,500-2,000 people – much easier to deal with, and as you said about Race for the Cure, the energy is so positive, empowering and welcoming. I actually have my first 3-Day of the year next weekend…and doing it again in San Diego in a month!

    I walk in honor of my mom, a three-time survivor, and my grandmother, a two-time survivor.

    • says

      Hi Laura! Thanks so much for sharing your story. The 3-day event sounds wonderful! It sounds like you come from a family of strong and inspiring women! :)

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