I have promoted this post to the front page of my site for October 4th, 2009. Scroll down to see updates from the 2009 Run for the Cure.
The CIBC Run for the Cure has a special place in my heart. After the second year that I ran it, I came home, showered, and hopped in the car to go pick up John from the airport. That was the day he moved to Vancouver and soon after he became my husband. The following year, we did the run together and I raised funds for the first time through my blog (2006, 2007).
The Run for the Cure is an amazing event with such a great vibe that raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It recognizes battles, it celebrate lives, and it joins people across the country on a single day for a single cause. This year’s run takes place Sunday, October 4th. You can sign up for the kids run (1km loop) or the main run (5km) which you are welcome to walk.
Update, Sunday October 4th 2009: This morning John and I headed down to Concord Pacific Place in False Creek to cover the CIBC Run for the Cure. Thousands showed up to run, walk, cheer, and participate in this inspiring event.
Survivor Tracy Di Venanzo gave a motivational talk on stage after Premier Gordon Campbell welcomed everyone to the event. All around us were people walking and running in honor of a loved one (or the loved one of someone else).
There were numerous dogs (and even a cat), countless strollers, children running in honor of their grandparents or mothers, and thousands of others wearing costumes or proudly displaying their “I’m running for” badges.
I stood at the finish line and clapped as people completed the course and was almost moved to tears whenever someone wearing a pink “survivor” t-shirt went by.
There were also several local celebrities taking part, including news anchor Pamela Martin (CTV), Dave Genn (54-40) and his wife Tamara Taggart (CTV). I also heard that Bif Naked, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, was doing the run as well.
This is the 18th annual run and over 1 million people have participated in the Run for the Cure since it began. In 2009, Canadians in 56 communities from Victoria, BC to St John’s Newfoundland took part.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation can be found on Twitter (@CBCF_Run) and also over on their Finding Hope blog. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect reminder for women to get themselves checked.
You can view the rest of John’s amazing photos in his Flickr set.