SAVE THE DATE: The 2nd Annual PINKATHON San Francisco will take place on Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 at 8AM, starting and ending in front of Gott’s Roadside at the north entrance to the San Francisco Ferry Building on Embarcadero near Market Street. It’s a FREE, *totally unsupported* fun run, with donations recommended to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (link will be added soon). The website is at http://www.pinkathon.org.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be our main charity again, but we may add a few other charities so that participants can select a worthy Breast Cancer charity of their choice. The point is – to raise money for the charities and not to have any run/race related expenses like paying for permits and fees and road closures and police supervision and all of the other stuff that takes place for typical running events.
On October 18, 2014, I organized the first-ever PINKATHON San Francisco, a FREE fun-run to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and it was a great success. The run was FREE, with NO support along the course, and participants were asked to make donations directly to the charity. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was selected as the recommended charity, because it is the top-rated Breast Cancer charity in the USA with 91% of proceeds going directly into Breast Cancer research programs. Because the event itself was FREE and unsanctioned, we didn’t have to get permits or conform to anyone’s rules. The purpose was to have FUN and to also raise money for Breast Cancer research. Both objectives were achieved! So we’re going to make this an annual event!
As a 15-year Breast Cancer Survivor, I had purchased the domain names Pinkathon.org and Pinkathon.com in 2010, with the intention of doing *something* to support Breast Cancer Research, so when the domain names came up for renewal in 2014, I finally decided to do something with it!
Since I am well-linked into the local running community, and know other runners who are breast cancer survivors, such as “Mama Lisa” Felder, a beloved running coach and one of the Head Coaches for Team-in-Training in the SF Bay Area, it was not too hard to get the word out to runners who might want to run a variety of distances. We offered the following distances: 10K, 10M, Half Marathon (13.1M), Marathon (26.2M) and 50K.
“Mama Lisa” Felder has now expanded her coaching/training activities beyond Team in Training and she now includes many ultra-running clients. She and her staff will be helping create the Pinkathon course and map for 2015, as well as helping to get the word out.
Mark Gilligan of UltraSignup is also on-board to help us set up official race registration for Pinkathon 2015. Even though the event is FREE, this will help us with sign-ups and announcements. We will try to limit the event to 100 participants to avoid becoming so big that we need permits.
This is the first place that I am announcing this event. Sorry that it is not all about Positive Thinking, but running definitely helps keep me feeling healthy and positive!