The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has become quite an event on the fall calendar around here with huge crowds turning out every year to participate and support what is an important cause… and today’s race was no exception. There were 5,000 + runners and walkers on the Bangor waterfront as this morning’s event began, and as has become a family tradition, we were there too.
Every year the high school soccer program I coach participates in the race, and this year we had 58 people signed up for our event team. It doesn’t surprise me that the boys commit to something like this… they are a special group of youngsters, and I am very proud of them. In years past I have actually run the entire 5K course, but this time I decided to walk with my peeps. Just as much fun, and a lot less sore afterwards 🙂
The 2010 Bangor version of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, September 19th starting at the Bangor waterfront at 10:00am. The 5K run or 3K walk will probably attract somewhere in the region of 4,000+ runners and walkers, all there to do their part to support the fight against a terrible disease.
As coach of the Boys Soccer team at Bangor HS, and I am extremely proud of the fact that just about every member of the team ran in the race last year. This year we are hoping to again have the entire varsity team involved, along with our junior varsity and freshman teams. With all players and coaches from the program participating, 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 absolutely optional, I know we will have an impressive turn out from the boys for what is a very worthy cause. I believe it is important that they get an opportunity to be a part of something relevant – something that isn’t necessarily about them – and what could be more important than supporting the fight against breast cancer. It is gratifying to know that they have once again taken it upon themselves to organize the group’s participation in the race, and as a coach and educator, to know that you have such leadership and social responsibility within your team is heartwarming to say the least.
If interested in donating to the cause, please support the event and the efforts of our program by visiting our team page. Thanks, and Go Rams!