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The Strength Behind the Pink

Photo Credit- OCC School of Photography

Photo Credit- OCC School of Photography

Last weekend marked our 22nd annual Race for the Cure and we wish we could thank each participant individually for their contribution to making the day such a success.

More than 25,000 attendees headed to Fashion Island on Sunday, including Ali Vincent, season five winner of “The Biggest Loser” and host of “Live Big with Ali Vincent,” to celebrate survivors and remember loved ones who have fought breast cancer. With the support of our Orange County community behind us, we raised more than $2 million, and counting, for local breast health services and education as well as groundbreaking global breast cancer research.

As always, our more than 1,200 survivors were the heart and soul behind the event. Their march from the survivor tent to the Survivor Tribute Ceremony was supported not only by their strength, but the compassion from the hundreds of family members and friends who came out to support them. A sea of pink, these women and men sat on the stairs of the Pacific Life Building, and listened to this year’s guest speakers and breast cancer survivors, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Ashlea Wright and Georganna Hall-Wadsack, who shared their journeys of how they conquered breast cancer.

Teamland was buzzing with excitement – and ample amounts of coffee – all morning. The Wellness Expo, which lasted until noon, showcased products, local businesses and programs available in Orange County.

In the morning, there were two 5Ks and a One-Mile Fun Run so everyone could walk or run at their own pace and start at their own time. We were touched to see how many people crowded the streets of each race, all there with a single goal in mind, to eradicate breast cancer.

The generous donations of participants and our sponsors: The Allergan Foundation, Chevron, Orange County Register, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, ABC7, Pacific Life, ADP, Fashion Island, MartiniInTheMorning.com, Spa Gregorie’s, 100.3FM The Sound and Yoplait ensure that we will be able to fund local initiatives that will help save Orange County lives over the next year, including the Komen Tissue Bank coming to Orange County in November.

Komen Orange County is still collecting donations now through the end of October in support of the Race for the Cure. Visit www.komenoc.org/race or text KOMENOC to 50555 to contribute.

Upcoming Events:

October 1 – Our Breast Health Education Series continues at The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital. The topic being covered is “The Day in the Life of  Cancer Patient in 2025 and will cover the breakthroughs on the horizon in cancer treatment.

An Insider’s Guide to the 22nd Annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

Survivors celebrate during 2012 Survivor Ceremony on the steps of the Pacific Life building.

Survivors celebrate during 2012 Survivor Ceremony on the steps of the Pacific Life building.

Each year the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure attracts thousands of people from all over Southern California, and around the world, to celebrate and memorialize loved ones who’ve fought breast cancer. It’s also a day when families and large groups celebrate the many breast cancer survivors participating in the race. In the months leading up to the race, individuals and teams collect donations to support Komen’s mission to serve women and men and save lives. On race day, supporters don pink accessories, lace up their shoes and head out to the race. But what is a bedecked-in-pink participant to do once they get to Fashion Island? Let us shed some light on what your day will look like!

Once participants start arriving in the morning the first concern is usually parking. Conveniently, there are several different, off-site, parking lots where shuttles will pick participants up and bring them over to race headquarters.

Tip: Print out this map and directions before hand, to see where each of the parking stations is located.

After parking, race teams usually head over to Teamland where they will meet up with their team members and grab a bite to eat, get some early morning inspiration, and receive their race day t-shirts. Teamland is located in the parking lot across from the main Expo entrance, on San Clemente.

Things get off to an early start on race day! Here’s general timeline of the day:

  •  6:30-8:30 a.m.: Complimentary breakfast is served to survivors in the Survivor Pavilion. The area will remain open the rest of the day to serve as hub for survivors to meet and relax.
  • 6:30-9:30 a.m.: Registration tent opens in the Pacific Life East Parking Lot. Registration is $40 on Race day. Race teams and individuals can also drop off donations and pick up t-shirts and fundraising awards here until 11 a.m.
  •  6:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Wellness Expo is open in the front of the Pacific Life building. Attendees can walk the expo to obtain more information about Komen Orange County, its community grantees, various sponsors or purchase food and drinks.
  • 7:15 a.m.: The first 5K begins at the race start line on the corner of Santa Barbara. It is recommended that runners take advantage of the less-congested early start time if they want to avoid a crowd.
  • 8:00 a.m.: The One-Mile Fun Walk begins at race start line on Santa Barbara. This is when our younger participants have their best chance to shine. The shortened length is perfect for little legs and we encourage families and kids to take part at this time!
  •  8:45 a.m.: The Survivor Parade begins. This is a time to honor all those participants that have fought and beat breast cancer. The survivors will parade through the streets, beginning at the Survivor Pavilion and ending up at the Expo side of the Pacific Life Building, celebrating life and strength of spirit with each step!
  • 9:00 a.m.: Survivor Tribute Ceremony begins at the frontof the Pacific Life building. We’re excited to welcome breast cancer survivors Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Georganna Hall-Wadsack and Ashlea Wright, who will share their amazing stories of how they battled breast cancer.
  •  9:45 a.m.: The second 5K of the day begins at the race start line on the corner of Santa Barbara. This run/walk is a slower pace than the first, with all participants taking time to enjoy the course and show support.

This year, we are excited to have Ali Vincent, of The Biggest Loser and Live Big with Ali Vincent fame, joining us at the race. Ali will be experiencing all aspects of the race with her film crew in tow and we couldn’t be more excited to have her participating!

Ali Vincent will be running the race and signing autographs at 22nd annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

Ali Vincent will be running the 5K and signing autographs at the 22nd Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

During the day, keep an eye out for Susan’s Gardens Posters, water tables and creative outfits inspired by the fight against breast cancer!Don’t forget to follow Komen Orange County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest news and updates on Race day. Make sure to tag @KomenOC with hashtag #OCInspired and #RaceOC and we’ll feature our top race photos and tweets throughout the day. Remember, have fun and we’ll see you all on Race day!

Let us know what you are most looking forward to on Race Day in the comments section of this blog!