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Race for the Cure - Portland, OR 9-18-2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

This weekend was the Race for the Cure event here in Portland! Here's a great video to show you just a smidgen of what it was like.

It was incredible - reports estimate around 35,000 people filled Waterfront park. We were lucky to be just a few of so many. We were also very lucky to get to meet Joelley23!

This was going to be her first-ever 5K, and I was so excited for her! As it happens, BSchrantz and Roxit22222 were also running their first 5Ks as well!
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It was such a madhouse, I mean it literally when I say we were lucky to meet up with her LOL She spotted us, and we stuck together through the line up, start, and finish of her race.

Ready to run!

Near the starting line.

Joelle running for the finish line!

Amost there!

Joelle with the MOUNTAINS of bananas LOL

We didn't get a picture of it later, but by the time we finished our 5K walk later (more on that in a moment..) the mountains were down to mere hills. Incredible!

Everywhere you looked, there was pink. I was careful not to let myself think too too much about why we were all there - y'know, that ole weepy ninny thing of mine LOL It was wonderful though to see Survivors racing through to the finish line, walking tall and strong and proud.

Bill and I, and daughter Courtney formed Team Katy. As you may (or not) recall, we lost Bill's sister Katy to cancer in May.

Bill wore his 'Real Men Wear Pink' tshirt - love it! We also printed out some pictures from our visit with Katy, and 'took her with us' on the walk.

I think she would have gotten a kick out of the whole event. The sea of people was so dense on the walk that we ended up dodging and weaving through people, trying to keep moving at a brisk pace. It still took us nearly an hour to finish, and that's alright. It was worth it.

We missed BSchrantz and Roxit22222 and GayeMC and some friends from work. Here's to having better luck finding each other at the next event!
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    Great pics! And what a great race!
    3552 days ago
    emoticon on a great run. Love the fact that you took Katy with you. I'm sure she was smiling down on you. emoticon
    3552 days ago
    yay! we had so much fun! can't wait for the next one...i almost can't believe i got out of there in any timely matter since i was parked so close. it was a sea of people!
    3553 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Love the pics Candy and what a wonderful cause to support. I think taking Katy with you the way you did was lovely.

    You are a class act all the way, my friend!

    3553 days ago
    sounds like it was great, and i love the way you honored katie.
    3554 days ago
    You all are awesome!!! Thank You for all you do!

    3554 days ago
  • ROXIT22222
    I'm so sorry we missed each other. If you saw Joelle off on the timed chip run than we probably where standing right next to each other! It looks like she was at the start line early too. I looked at the pictures I have and the video but don't see her or you. That doesn't mean you wheren't in them. Sooo close yet so far. We will meet up at one of these.

    Nice to have taken Katy with you. I am thankfull every year that I don't have to take a picture of my mom with me. I get to take her anyoing wonderfull self. :)

    My blog hopes to be up tonight.
    3554 days ago
    I got down there about 7:15 and looked around at the fountain. The crowd wasn't too bad at that time. I also looked around at the start of the timed race but it started getting crazy crowded. Sorry I missed all of you. We'll have to make a point of meeting up and taking the bus together for teh Mayor's Race.
    3554 days ago
    It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful Race! Thank you for participating for all of us! And I'm sorry that you have lost someone close to you. It was very nice of you all to take her with you!

    As someone who hasn't participated in a 5k or anything like it, I love reading your blog and getting a taste of what it's like. LOL!

    Have a wonderful rest of your day!

    3554 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1035627
    Awesome blog! Looks like a good time had by all!
    3554 days ago
    I love that you took Katy 'with' you on your walk, because I know you did in your heart. The events that support causes near and dear to you are hands down the best of all to participate in. They can be emotional, but so worth the effort; great job!

    3554 days ago
    Wow! Looks like a great event. I love the idea of your signs. So cool! Way to go!!

    3554 days ago
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