-By Ky Kastes
This past Saturday, runners and walkers made their way under the oaks of City Park for the start of the Race for the Cure. With temperatures in the high 50’s, participants were pleasantly surprised with the prospect of racing in fantastic conditions, compared to the hot and humid Jazz Half just weeks earlier. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the largest road races that New Orleans hosts each year. Over 13,000 people participated in the event, bringing people from all over the state to support a great cause.
Everywhere you looked, the color pink was covering the park. Pink port-o-lets, fork lifts and even the milk was tinted in this special color. Vendors including New Balance and our very own, LRC were handing out pink freebies before the race started. Another sight to note was the enormous amount of runners and walkers that created teams to raise money for the cause. By forming large groups all over the park, making it a sea of flags, banners and specially made t-shirts, these teams walked and ran for those affected by disease.
Along with the teams, celebrities were also sighted. Ronald McDonald, Pink Beard the Pirate and Sir Saint, himself, came to cheer everyone on. The 5k race was won by Sean Allerton, in a time of 16:30 and Sarah Skotty Powell for the women, in 19:00. Not to mention, Sarah had just finished a 15-mile run (Wow!). With a great turnout and fantastic weather, participants finished the race satisfied, knowing that they were taking steps towards finding a cure for Breast Cancer.