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Race For The Cure!
Yesterday was the Race For The Cure. I successfully walked 3.2 miles, or 5K. It took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was no speed demon, but I did it!

It was a beautifully warm sunny day, perfect for walking. Over 23,000 people swarmed the downtown streets, all united in a common goal. Women in pink hats, breast cancer survivors, were everywhere. Lots of participants wore signs on their backs, stating things like, "I'm walking in celebration of my mother," or "I'm running in memory of my sister," with names, pictures, and stories to tell.



There were pink ribbons tied to fences and trees all along the race route. There were also bands, cheerleaders with pom-poms, people holding signs, and all manner of folk along the streets watching the show and cheering on the runners/walkers.



(Cool thing to note about the above photo: you can see the walkers in the street, reflected in the shiny black lettering.)

The race began and ended at the new Detroit Tigers baseball park, complete with a giant concrete tiger dripping with pink ribbons. I completed the entire race on my feet, and although I had to go kind of slowly and limp a bit toward the end, I really felt very good. I was very sore for the rest of the day, but today I feel almost back to normal. (um, normal as in "how I felt friday," not normal as in "how I felt before I messed up my knee," of course!)



See, I actually did it! Here is me with the tiger, post-walk, still smiling even. I'm wearing my "Team Ford Race for the Cure" t-shirt that C was cool enough to get for me, and I have my race number pinned to it. I was joined by my mom (complete with pink cap), my dad, my sister, and C.

In my Photos For The Cure fundraiser, I managed to raise $447! I am so thrilled that so many kind people helped out with this cause. I noticed on the website that we can actually continue contributing money thru July 9, so if anybody still wants to, please feel free. The photo offer still stands, of course! If you would prefer to contribute by mail, you can do so via this form, or by contacting me directly.

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bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: June 6th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Knew ya could do it.

>;-D
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 6th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Looking Good!

But why can't we see your legs?
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 7th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin* I aim to please!
From: davidp5382 Date: June 6th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! You look quite pleased with yourself! (as you should be) Wow! Lots of money! Good job!
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: June 6th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
miskosmind From: miskosmind Date: June 6th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
If no one else says it remember, I am proud of you. What's that line from the movie "Babe?" That'll do!
anderale From: anderale Date: June 6th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
ack! I thought it was next weekend and I haven't contributed yet. I'm so glad I still can.
I'm glad you did it and that you didn't cause yourself too much pain. :D
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: June 7th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay congratulations! My race is on July 7th and it's good to see that you weren't dead by the end of it ;) The atmosphere looks great!

Well done :D
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: June 8th, 2004 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
i will be making my donation as soon as my direct deposit goes through on thursday. thee olde debit card said "no way jose!" when i tried the other night (:

congrats on finishing! that's awesome! next year, we run together!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 8th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Sweet!! How rude of the debit card though. Couldn't you just tell it, "It's for charity, ya stupid debit card!"

Yes, next year we'll run. I'm looking forward to it!

I'll visit BB tonight....
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: June 8th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
awesome! i *hope* to be there by 4pm, but work may force me to stick around here a bit. i'll definitely be there by 6pm at the latest. probably not an issue with your work schedule anyway, but thought i'd let you know... ms_hecubus should be there, too (:
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