The Hers Breast Cancer Foundation supports women and men that have undergoing breast cancer treatment or are in remission.
I was there early because I didn’t want to miss the dove release. The race started at 8:30 am, but I was there by 7:00 am. The doves were for survivors who wished to release a dove. Even though Jim and I are not survivors, they had extras and we were asked if we wanted to release some and we gladly said, yes! It was so touching to hold such a beautiful creature in my hands. I could feel its heartbeat as it patiently waited to be released. When it came time to release, we gave it a gentle push and off they went.
The doves were rented. The owner cares for them in Fremont, CA. Once released, they flew in a circle formation overhead and flew home together.
After the dove release, there were volunteer singers and musicians, and yoga. The expo had several booths with either product for breast cancer patients or products that supported their mission.
The trail was a dirt flat trail at Quarry Lakes in Fremont, CA. You could tell who was a survivor and who was a supporter by the color of the event shirt. Blue for supporters and pink for survivors. There were a water station and volunteers encouraging you to keep going along the way.
Even though my bib was chipped, my results didn’t show up. I’ve never had that happen before. I guess the chip was defective. Luckily, I wasn’t going for speed anyway. Especially since I was diagnosed with Accessory Navicular Syndrome (double ankle bone), which causes me pain to do high impact sports like running. I won’t be doing the longer distances like I used to, but I’m okay with that.
At the end of the race, we were treated to a BBQ with hotdogs and hamburgers. It was a great ending to a fun day.