According to their website nearly 45,000 people participated in the 20th running of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Washington today and raised $4.3 million to fund breast cancer programs.
The manservant and I were up early and down at the National Mall by 7.30 to meet up with other members of my work team and to have our group photo taken. Before the crowds:
I was very impressed with the race number I got this year
Before the events started people were lining up for the porta-loos….
The morning's events started with a parade of more than 3,600 breast cancer survivors, including 21 survivors from 18 countries, who walked onto the National Mall to the song "Pink Warrior" performed by Candy Coburn.
The official program included VP Joe Biden introducing wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and HRH Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine of Serbia. You probably have to take my word on this photo:
The race has been renamed this year as Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure to highlight the growing number of breast cancer cases worldwide. To symbolize this a seven foot pink globe was raised. We were not close enough to see this being lifted into the air but I was right at the fence where Survivor of the Year 2009, Sara Fought and Survivor of the Year 2008 gladly posed for a photo.
This man's tee-shirt had a powerful message:
Then the walk started and we slow shuffled forward……
I wonder if she walked the entire 3 mile course. We did not – we did the short version. It wasn't so much because I thought I could not walk 3 miles on my crappy foot but because I had been standing for such a long time before we started that it had started to swell a bit. (And, tonight we are walking to a jazz concert at the Smithsonian!).