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PARK CITY — On Oct. 10, women from all over the state will be coming together in beautiful Park City for one purpose: to run in support of breast cancer awareness in an event known as "The Pink Series."
This biannual event began six years ago with the purpose of getting women together to lend support for those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease, those who are currently battling as well as survivors.
And with an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women in the U.S. this year, and 40,290 estimated deaths, according to Susan G. Komen, the numbers are growing at a tragic rate.
Event organizers at The Pink Series want to help these women, and they do so by choosing a charity each year to donate to, with Lifting Hearts being this year's beneficiary.
This event is special. It's all about local ladies, their toughness and how they fight to win... All ladies, all fighting their own battles, all out to help each other.
–Aaron Crosby, race coordinator
"We are really excited about working with Lifting Hearts," said race director and Utah Run store owner Aaron Crosby. "This cause is unique in that it lends support to breast cancer survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives after having undergone very difficult treatments and procedures.
"This event is special. It's all about local ladies, their toughness and how they fight to win. Sometimes that's reaching a goal with running and fitness, losing weight or beating cancer. Whatever their fight is, there is nothing like feeling the love and support we all have for each other. What happens at this event gets magnified by a thousand! All ladies, all fighting their own battles, all out to help each other."
While the race is a women's only event, this does not stop men from coming and lending their support.
"We have had husbands and sons run with their wives and mothers, but they just don't get a medal, which all are fine with," Crosby said.
- Oct. 10
- Park City Half Marathon and 5K
- Click here to register
Men will also be present in the form of race pacers, as pacing group Run Your Race saw this event as a way to support women in not just their battle with the disease, but to help them reach their individual fitness goals.
Jorge Garcia, founder of Run Your Race Pacers said, "We want to have as many male pacers at the race as possible, because women are important to us. Pacing a race like this gives the guys an opportunity to cherish women, encourage them, lift them and celebrate them. It reminds us to care for our mothers, sisters, wives and friends."
Garcia also expressed his excitement to support friend and fellow runner Meridith Ethington, who just started her fight with breast cancer after running the Timp Half last August.
This weekend's event will have a 5K, 10K and half marathon to choose from. To learn more about the event or to register, go to thepinkseries.com.Arianne Brown is a mother of six young children and an Altra, PROBAR, Nuun and Unshoes sponsored athlete. For more writings by her, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook. Twitter: A_Mothers_Write