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.
Disclaimer: I received a Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”
The design I chose that had a Fall motif. There were so many color options, it’s crazy! Do you have any scarf that doubles as a headband, hat, ear warmer, etc.? I bet not!
I wore my Buff to work one day and in the afternoon it was my workout headband.
The true test was going to be if I could wear the Buff during a race. I was wondering if it would stay on my head. Yes, headbands tend to slide off and then I have to slow down or stop to fix it or if I was going to be annoyed by it and wishing I could take it off. Neither one of those things happened. I ran the Giants Race San Francisco 5K and I forgot I had a Buff on. I actually wore my Buff on my neck and then moved it up to my head to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The fact that some Buff’s have UV protection helps keep the sun from damaging my skin during those long periods of time racing.
Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Giant Raceace as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
This was my first time doing this race. We drove to SF the day before to the expo and pick up the bibs for two other BibRavePro’s. The pre-event was very well organized. They had many volunteers on site to help in the various tasks, but also to direct people traffic to the right spot.
The Half and 10K had an earlier start time than the 5K. This was great because by the time the 5K started the other runs had been done their race a long time ago, which meant there was plenty of parking when we arrived later that morning. I also did the pre-paid parking option which made it hassle free. I just printed the receipt and put it on my windshield.
The 5K race was fun. It started outside of the stadium, went down the marina a little, turned around and ended inside the stadium. There were a lot of families running together. It’s awesome to see families getting exercise and having fun together.
Our race swag included a bobblehead, a t-shirt, a finisher’s medal. I’m not a bobblehead collector, but I found plenty of friends who wanted it, so I gave it away.
At the end of the race after you got your medal there were some snacks available for free. They were handing out carrots, yogurt, milk, applesauce, and pretzels. It was the perfect ending to a race in SF.
I know some people told me that they were concerned with running in San Francisco since it’s known to be extremely hilly there, but it was totally flat the entire time for the 5K distance.
I might have to do this run again next year. It was totally worth it.
Disclaimer: I received free entry to the SF Giant Race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews.
The San Francisco Giant Race will be held on September 9, 2018.
RACESF2018 gets you $10 off half, 10K or 5K.
I’ll be running the 5K if you want to give me a shout out when you see me. I’ll be wearing my bright orange BibRave shirt.
- This is a super family friendly race with lots of distances, including a Kids/Family Relay.
- Virtual races available. Run/ walk on your own schedule.
- Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Swag includes shirt, finishers medal, & a Bruce Bochy bobblehead!
- Scenic route along the water.
- The flattest course in San Francisco.
Come and join the fun!
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