The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a pretty special event that is held in Bangor each fall. In 2008, the more than 4,000 men, women and children who participated in the 5K run/walk raised over one quarter of a million dollars for Breast Cancer Research! This year’s race is scheduled for 10am on the morning of Sunday, September 20th, and with all of the hard work from volunteers and race organizers, this year’s event should be even bigger and better.
I coach the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Bangor High School, and I was thrilled that just about every member of the team ran in the race last year. This year we are hoping to have not only the Varsity team involved, but also our Junior Varsity team and our Freshman team. With all players and coaches from the program, we should be able to add more than 70 runners to the event.
What makes this even more special is that even though participation is of course absolutely optional, I know we will have an impressive turn out from the boys for what is a very worthy cause. What is also nice is that they have taken it on themselves to organize the group’s participation in the race… as a coach and educator, to know that you have such leadership and social responsibility within your team is a good feeling.
This will be Sam’s second consecutive year running in the event, and as a father it makes me feel good to know that he is aware of the issue in the spotlight and cares enough to contribute. In 2007 Lori ran in the race, and last year she and Jack cheered us on admirably. Here’s Sam and I after last year’s race. If interested in participating or contributing to the cause, you can go to the event website at: http://www.komenmaine.com/