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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

I wear pink for my mom:
On Sunday, September 27 I ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a first of a lot of things for me: first 5k, first Race for the Cure, and my boyfriend's first race. It was quite the experience, one that I'll probably do every year.
This was also my first race I ran that benefited a cause as great as breast cancer awareness and research. So, as we approached the race grounds, I was in awe of how many people were participating-13,000! That, and how much pink was all around!
As great of a cause that this benefits, I was unhappy with how the race officials handled the event. First,it started 32 minutes late. There's nothing like a bunch of anxious runners waiting for the start of a race! Second, there was supposed to be a separation of walkers and runners. This, however, was not the case. There were a lot of walkers in the runners' path, slowing the runners down. Personally, I wasn't running for a PR, but I feel for those who were!
However, the general atmosphere of the whole morning was uplifting. As I stood waiting for the start, I realized that everyone there came in support or in memory of someone who was/is affected by breast cancer. It was a sort of supportive experience for me to know that a majority of the people that had experienced the same loss. I was both sad and happy at the same time. Strange!
Me nice and sweaty after the race: