What an event! The participants must have numbered close to 10,000! Spirits were high, the sun was shining brightly, it was a great day to be out supporting a worthwhile cause! The Heebee Geebees, a cappella quartet from Calgary were the main entertainment before the run and also the honorary count-downers. Their music was lively and upbeat and added an increased level of exhilaration to the already off the wall feeling.
Here I am at the start donned in my Team shirt and I went with the headband look to show my support. With about 5 minutes until show-time, I looked back to get this photo taken and also to see how far back the particpants were lined up. There was no end in sight! Even with a few little jumps up to see, the participants went on forever. There was pink everywhere! From school girls in their stripped socks, to pink wigs and pink grass skirts. Even along the race route, many folks decorated their front lawns. We ran under this banner which was a string of pink bras tied from one tree to another. At some homes in the neighbourhood, families were out front waving as we went by...it appeared some may have been survivors or current patients. A young man stood with his coffee cup in hand and two very young children by his side. The smallest one asked the young man, is Mommy up there as she pointed toward the sky! I heard this as I ran by but did not hear the young man's answer! I didn't have to, I knew the answer! I made sure to check out some back bibs. Just about everyone was running for somebody! There were lots of "running for Mom"! Many have specific names and other's were more general to include all those afflicted and affected. I stayed for about an hour afterwards to watch the awards presentations and to enjoy some food supplied by The Stampede and basque in the sun. I was glad I made the last minute decision to be a part of today!