Denver races for a cure


Posted Tue, Oct 12, 2010


People in Costume Waiting at the Finish line

Denver—Early Sunday morning on Oct.3,  the streets of Denver were flooded with a sea of people wearing pink and white preparing to race for a cure for breast cancer. 

An estimated 54,528 runners and 1,200 volunteers from all over Colorado met at the Pepsi Center in Denver to participate in the 18th Susan G. Komen Denver Race for the Cure®.

“The goal of the race is to promote awareness of beast health and to raise money for breast cancer screening, treatment and research programs,” said Executive Director Michele Ostrander of the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

 “The part of the race that really sticks in my mind is right before it starts, when everyone gathers at the starting line,” said Kali Watson, a race participant.  Watson did the 5k Co-Ed Run/Walk race at 7 a.m.  There was also an 8 a.m. 5k walk and a 9 a.m. family 1 mile fun walk. 

The runners and walkers of the 5k races made their way through the streets of Denver starting on Speer Boulevard going west to 27th Ave., then making a left on to Federal Boulevard and heading towards Colfax Avenue where they followed the crowd to the finish line on Auraria Parkway.

“The streets are filled with people,” Watson said. “When you get to the top of a hill you can see all the people in front of you and the streets are covered in pink and white.

Watson commented on the teams and people making their own outfits.  “So many people have large teams, who are all decked out in beads, boas and shirts.”

Watson has done the Komen Denver Race for the Cure for four years and drives from Fort Collins to participate.  “I do the race every year because it makes me feel like I am helping to find a cure for best cancer,” she said.  

 Ostrander said, “I am touched by the survivors who participate in the Race by riding in one of our pedicabs.” These are the survivors who are still going through treatment and who may not have the strength to walk the course. 

“Seventy-five percent of funds raised from the Komen Denver Race for the Cure stay in our local community,” Ostrander said, “to help provide breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support services to medically underserved individuals.” 

Watson added, “The race is beneficial because the proceeds go to helping find a cure.” It also allows for cancer patients to see how many people want to help to “find a cure for this endless battle.” 

The race is named after Susan G. Koman, who died after a three-year battle with breast cancer.  Her sister and ambassador of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker told her sister she would do anything she could to end breast cancer, Ostrander explained.

“That promise was made 30 years ago and now Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest funder of community breast cancer programs and has helped fund every major advance in breast cancer treatment.” 

At the closing ceremonies all the survivors are in pink around a stage in bleachers, they are “women with over 25 years of survivorship to women who were just recently diagnosed,” Ostrander said.  

 “My favorite part of the race is after everyone has finished and all the cancer survivors are asked on stage for everyone to acknowledge the battle they have accomplished,” Watson said.  “It is very touching for everyone, even if you haven’t known anyone who has had cancer.”

On Colfax Ave. running toward Auriara

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2 Responses to “Denver races for a cure”

  1. Mattye Crowley Says:

    Nice really nice…. love the picture


  2. Ellie McKinley Says:

    Hello Alyson, This is well done and professional. It’s obvious you used the AP Stylebook. Maybe some of the paragraphs are too short and could be combined. I really like the information about how 75 percent of the funds raised stay in our community. I have been concerned about where the money goes, because these events are so huge, so I can’t be the only one. And I like how you created a “feel” for the event with the quote about how meaningful the starting line is. It helps people understand why they should care about the event. Ellie McKinley


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