Once Upon a Time I Raced for a Cancer Cure

Elizabeth VanderPutten on N Street at 20th outside The Lauren at 7:00 A.M. as she is leaving for the cancer walk. 
Photo by Brian J. Larkin

Race for a Cancer Cure

On June 1, 2002, my friend Terry Wooden and I joined hundreds of our colleagues from NSF and thousands of other Washingtonians in the Race for the Cure.

Terry and I met at 20th & G at 7:30 AM and then joined the main group at the Washington Monument. We were supposed to start at 8:30 AM. but it too so long to get all the participants organized that it was nearly 9 when we actually left.

Because groups move only as fast as their slowest  members, this turn out to be the slowest 4K walk in my life.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Since its origination in Dallas in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure® Series has grown from one local race with 800 participants to a national series of 109 Races with nearly one million participants in 2002. At every Race event, breast cancer survivors celebrate their survivorship by donning pink caps, buttons or T-shirts.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure® is the world's largest five-kilometer (5K) run/walk hosting more than 72,000 participants in 2002. The Race was run on the streets of the Nation's Capital on Saturday, June 1, 2002.

Pre-Race Rally, Washington Monument Grounds, Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW
Runners start-line, 12th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Walkers start-line, 15th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Post-Race Rally and Awards Ceremony, Washington Monument Grounds, Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW

More than one million dollars of the proceeds went to Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia to support local research, education, screening and treatment programs.

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