Race for the Cure 2010

Today was the 4th year in a row my mom and I have done the Las Vegas Race for the Cure event. This event is the closest I’ve come to running in a “costume”. Witness:

Hat Shirt Shorts RoadID Socks Shoes

Alright, so my Road ID isn’t necessarily part of dressing up for the race, it’s just conveniently pink so it plays into the whole theme. The rest of my apparel is all from New Balance’s Lace Up for the Cure collection.

It’s been super windy here in Vegas lately, but I had high hopes that today would be clear and calm. It was clear… but not calm. While the winds weren’t gusting in excess of 60mph today like they have other days this week, they were still plenty strong and provided a good chill over the morning. My legs were covered in goose bumps!

My mom and I spent some time walking around Fremont Street before the race, picking up schwag from various vendors. The weirdest piece of schwag I came home with was an entire box of bran flakes. The coolest was probably a couple different reusable shopping totes, because they’re actually useful. There were mugs, pedometers, pens, etc. And Kentucky Fried Chicken was giving out pink buckets and t-shirts that said “Pink Buckets for the Cure”. Maybe I’m just odd… but I’m having a hard time correlating KFC with an anti-cancer/exercise event.

Before the race we hit the restrooms at the start line, where they had pink porta-potties labeled as “Porta-Janes”. That made me laugh, but I didn’t use one. Maybe they had mirrors or something girly inside!

My mom wasn’t entered as a runner this year, since she’s still recovering from her recent knee surgery. So she hung out with me until about 4 minutes before the runners were supposed to start. Then she moved over to the walker area and I tried to move up in the runner line-up.

Race for the Cure 2010 Race for the Cure 2010

Every year I think perhaps I could PR… and then I start running and realize, there is no way a PR will happen at this event. There are just too many people! Usually it takes me about a mile of weaving around people to find a spot, but I didn’t stop weaving around people and passing others until the last 500 yards! I started to realize I was doomed when I looked around me as the final countdown started and realized a lot of people weren’t wearing timing chips. And then when I crossed the start line and the person in front of me immediately stopped, looked around and started to walk. As you keep pushing hard and still come across someone who is further ahead of you sauntering along in jeans and carrying a handbag, you realize that it’s just a different type of event!

After about 2 miles, I started to kind of give up. I admit to suffering sometimes with having the mental toughness to convince myself that I can really kick it in a race. And when I came to the conclusion that a PR was not a possibility at all, I just eased off and ran at a more comfortable pace to the finish line and enjoyed the atmosphere.

There were times when I would turn corners in the race and it was like running smack into a wind wall. And it was a cold wind, brrr….. Other moments it felt relatively calm, but then just when you start enjoying that, the wind came back to beat you down again. I almost lost my hat a couple times!

Around 2.5 miles into the race I was passing a couple of college-aged dudes. One of them said to the other, “Hurry up man!” The other guy said, “I can’t. This is hard and it sucks.” The first guy said, “There’s a chick in pink passing you now!”, obviously referring to me. The second guy said, “There are chicks in pink EVERYWHERE.”

At the finish line I proceeded to the food area, where I was given a reusable shopping tote to fill up with various snacks. I got apples, oranges, bananas, pretzels, chips, Little Debbie snack cakes, yogurt, water, Fuze… lots of stuff. I just loaded up my tote and brought most of it home with me. I love that they encourage people to take one of everything since it gives me the chance to sample some different things. I hate the way people go through the line grabbing 10-15 of each thing. They were also grilling up burgers, but I couldn’t really stomach one of those at 8:40 in the morning.

I headed back toward the finish line to find my mom and she happened to be coming up right then, perfect timing. I yelled out for her, she smiled and then started to run. She didn’t run during the race until that time when she ran across the finish line. She called it her gimpy run, but it was still a run! If I had known she was going to bust out with that at the end, I would have had my video camera ready to go!

We got into the food line for my mom to get some snacks, but there were a lot of people who were butting into the line, causing a huge delay. By the time we got to the front of the line to the food, a lot of it was gone. There were still copious oranges, bananas, and snack mix packets but a lot of the more fun items were gone. And I got into a little bit of an argument with a lady who was cutting in, she claimed she was at the “merge” point of the line. “There wasn’t a “merge” point, just you and a bunch of other people who don’t show the courtesy to wait in line the way they should!”

Another beef… people standing around the finish area smoking. Gross! Not only is it bad enough to be smoking at a race, but at a race that is about raising money to beat a cancer? That’s just really stupid.

But despite my small complaints I just mentioned, I really love this event and I’m so glad my mom drives here to do it with me each year. That makes it so much more special. If I went by myself it wouldn’t be the same.

Finishing time: 27:31 (8:51 pace)
Age Group: 30 out of 151 (Female, age 30-34)
Overall: 431 out of 1389
(Note: There were a lot more people participating, these stats are out of just those that elected/paid to be timed. There were 18,000 people participating total!)

9 comments

  1. Good job on your run!!!! San Antonio had the race for the cure today as well. I ran along side my sister this was her first 5k and I stuck with her the entire time. We finished in 35 minutes and some change. I was happy to be there to support her and my two aunts who beat breast cancer.

    Sorry about the losers smoking at the race. At our race we actually had someone with a sign showing a dead fetus and making the claim that the race for the cure supports abortion. Sad. Today was about celebrating life and accomplishments.

    • The event is so powerful when you have a family history of the disease, huh? Nice work running with your sister. Sometimes it’s more fun to pace with someone. My mom and I ran together the whole time at last year’s Global Race for the Cure in DC, awesome experience! I offered to walk with her this year but she refused, told me to go ahead!

      And the abortion sign, that’s just wrong! You’re right, it’s about celebrating life and accomplishments, as well as remembering those who battled fiercely yet still came up short. Cancer is a wicked beast (all kinds of cancers!) and I support events where people are actively trying to come up with a solution!

  2. I love doing this race with you, too. I certainly wouldn’t drive all of that way if you weren’t there, but I’d always feel like I’d like to be there. It was fun to run across the finish line. When I run the race, I usually don’t have the strength to push it across the finish, but walking, I had it in me. Thanks for being my favorite daughter!

    • I was super proud of you when you ran it in for the finish. That’s better than any moment of my own running for the day! Thanks for being my favorite mom!

  3. lol to the “chicks in pink everywhere” guy. too funny. i saw a commercial today that said KFC was donating (some amount, i forget) for every bucket of original (fried) chicken sold to Komen. hey, whatever works? protein is good for you…right? 🙂

    i am glad you and your mom have made a great tradition out of this. love all your NB gear!

  4. the guys got “chicked by a girl in pink”….but “they are all in pink” loved that!!

    I have run the Revlon Run here in LA before-and yeah, PR’s or anything are almost impossible! There are just way too many people-and most have dedications on their backs-wow, what an emotional 3.1 miles!!

    Great job and how cool that you and your mom can share in this experience!!

  5. Great to hear your story about Run for the Cure. My office has organized all employees to participate in the Raleigh Race for the Cure in June. Thanks for sharing all the pros and cons. I definitely have a better idea of what to expect now.

  6. “There are chicks in pink EVERYWHERE” is the best line EVER!!!

    I love your outfit!

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