Last Sunday morning I participated in the KC Komen 5K Run for the Cure.
It was my pal Kathy (on the right) who asked if I wanted to do that with her. I told her "Yes, but only if you drive". :) I know, that wasn't nice, was it? However, she's very seasoned about getting to that part of town where the event was held and I get really "worked up" when I have to maneuver my vehicle there, so she promised to drive and I paid my entry fee. :)
Kathy and I know several ladies (friends and family) who have bravely battled breast cancer . . .and the bottom line was that we wanted to be a part of that day to honor them.
Oh. . .and she created our race day shirts. . .with the names of our friends and family members on the backs.
Union Station, in Kansas City, was the location for numerous vendor booths where participants could pick up "freebies" of various products or breast cancer awareness and wellness info.
This photo was taken looking South from Union Station. . .toward our Liberty Memorial which is houses the The National World War I Museum.
Lots of fun to capture prior to the 5K!!
Kathy is pictured with the mascot of our local hockey team THE MISSOURI MAVERICKS! He even PINKED his mane for the event!!
This sweet little pup was wearing her PINK tutu!!
PINK, PINK, PINK was EVERYWHERE!!!
Loved this shirt!
Here we go!!
I walked this 5K with Kathy.
It's the first time I've ever just "walked" a 5K. . .and I figured my tootsies would start to get the itch to run. . .and they did. However, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed "taking in" the scenery of our downtown area. Even though I've been in that area on several other runs. . .it was that "running" part that kept me from enjoying my surroundings. I was concentrating on RUNNING and not on where I was.
So. . .last Sunday, I really enjoyed the "moment" of being with so many others.... survivors and supporters together.....running or walking for the cure of breast cancer.
I did not hear the final total of how many participants there were, but I read that last year over 20,000 attended! I just know, there were folks heading North on Grand as far as the eye could see!!
There were so many awesome sights that day. Here was a husband walking with his wife who had battled the disease.
And here was a daughter walking with her mom. So many amazing moments were shared that day .
We also were entertained by many little groups....singing and playing their instruments in support of the cure!
The SPRINT CENTER was on our course . . .
and so was our POWER AND LIGHT DISTRICT! (Which the SPIRNT CENTER is part of).
Another great band!!
I was thrilled when I saw Kansas City's very own "Running Superman"!!! I'd seen him on TV and read an article about him, but had never actually seen him at an event until then!!
At this point, we were walking up a verrrrry steep hill next to the KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS! I was secretly happy I'd decided to walk instead of run this course. . .that's a rough hill! :)
More awesome entertainers . . .
and CHEERLEADERS!! Yes!! We had CHEERLEADERS!!!
We hit a bottle neck near the end of the course where the folks who did the one mile event were merging into the folks doing the 5K distance.
I had set a goal of us being able to walk at a pace of 15 min./mile or less during the event. HOWEVER, the bottle neck was slowing us waaay down, so we maneuved over to the side of the street just as it turned into a bridge that went over railroad tracks!! We were really feeling the "squeeze" until we slipped into a walled sidewalk area that looked like a cattle shoot with runners who were also trying to avoid the crunch of people. So,inorder to keep the runners from knocking us down. . .we had to do what they were doing and RUN!!!!
That's when I found out that Kathy had been holding out on me. . .she's a runner!!! Yep!! She IS!!! We ran the rest of the way to the finish line. I'm guessing it was about a 1/4 of a mile.
After we crossed the finish line, we made our way back to the vendors area and came upon this scene. I'll have to share this "blonde moment" (OK...you know I'm old so maybe it was a "senior moment" instead). I saw those little pools filled with ice and water and said to Kathy, "Wow, I've never seen that before....you can put your feet in there after the run". I'm pretty sure she rolled her eyes back in her head at that moment then softly said..."I think they're giving out water". Duh.
So there you have it!! That's what I did last Sunday.
THE STONE RABBIT asked if I'd consider taking him next year to the Susan G. Komen 5K. He said he'd love to hop along with us!! That's when I shared that Kathy told me that NEXT year, she would run it with me. . .so if he plans on keeping up with us, he'd better be a fast hopper!!
Actually, he already is. :)
Now it's time for you guys to run on over to Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND!! As always, there will be a lot of other bloggers ready to share their weekly PINKS with you!!
Happy PINK Saturday!