Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo courtesy New Jersey 101.5

Photo courtesy New Jersey 101.5

Every October, we all see seas of pink everywhere. From products with pink packaging to grocery store clerks wearing the pink ribbon, it’s all in honor of breast cancer awareness. I even saw model Rachel Hunter on a reality show last year who dyed her hair pink for the cause. Lucily, as a runner, plenty of opportunities are available to you to support breast cancer awareness. Here are few of the most popular, but you should check with sites like active.com and athlinks.com to see what is available in your city.

1. Susan G. Komen 3 day. Taking place in cities all over the country, women and men can walk 60 miles in three days (or 20 miles each day). Marathon runners have an advantage–you can even run the thing. As per any Susan G. Komen-named event, expect loads of crowd support and plenty of aid stations and massages at the end of each day. If you’re not up for the challenge of completing 60 miles, volunteers are always needed. Participants of all shapes and sizes trained for months, making it truly inspiring.

2. Race for the Cure 5K. Also in cities throughout the country, participants wearing pink–from pink shirts to long pink socks–dress up in support of breast cancer awareness. It’s more of an event than it is a race. With more than 20,000 entrants in some cities, people are crossing the finish line before others even cross the start line. Be prepared for it take longer than a typical 5K, but you’ll feel so much better for it. You can even fundraise if you’re feeling particularly charitable.

3. Breast Cancer Awareness 5K.  The Breast Cancer Awareness Race will allow the particpants’ registration fees and any subsequent fundraising to benefit women with breast cancer by supplying them with wigs, prosthesis and educational supplies.

Happy running for the cure!