A virtual river of pink rushed through Fashion Island today as more than 30,000 attendees joined forces for the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
We expect to break the $3.1 million goal, topping last year’s record $3 million while continuing to fundraise through Oct. 31, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Of the registered participants, approximately 1,700 were breast cancer survivors and the rest enthusiastic supporters, many of whom were racing for a loved one affected by breast cancer.
There were 790 teams, the largest being Bank of America Merrill Lynch US Trust with 590 team members. An incredible 2,000 volunteers helped at the Wellness Expo booths, water stations and on the course.
In honor of the milestone year, Mehmet Oz, M.D. (Dr. Oz), best-selling author and two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show (ABC7 weekdays at 3 p.m.), addressed the thousands of Race attendees during the breast cancer Survivor Tribute.
Our first 5K Race of the day winner was Stephen Tippett of Mission Viejo who crossed the finish line at 17:12; Patrick Boivin of Lake Forest won the 9:45 5K with a time of 15:44. Top finishers of the breast cancer survivors were Brenda Edgell of Lake Forest for the 7:30 5K with a time of 24:29; and Michelle Lewis of Newport Beach for the 9:45 5K with a time of 29:25.
A hallmark of each Race is the Survivor Tribute, where breast cancer survivors are recognized for their fight against and triumph over the disease at a special ceremony in their honor. The Komen Orange County Affiliate’s 2011 Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor, Cindy Thomsen was acknowledged during this year’s tribute.
Be sure to join us again next year to help us in our fight against breast cancer! Visit www.komenoc.org/race to find out how you can still donate and help us meet this year’s goal.
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