The Purple Stride 5k, Charlotte Edition

Ahh…back to work but I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I’ve got some fun weekend recaps for you.

The Purple Stride was hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Charlotte Chapter. Pancreatic Cancer is sadly affecting one of my family members. It’s very tough to see and hear the fight they have to go through and I’ve been struggling with the fact that I’m not around to help be her cheerleader like the rest of my amazing family. So…I went googling, wondering what I could do to help. And then…my event planning skills were happily put to use.

I found the Purple Stride 5k through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and signed up immediately.  I quickly asked my friends and coworkers to help support by coming to race with me. We decided on the team name Mary’s Marathoners. My friend Traci was in town this weekend and she signed up too!

The event organizers had a fundraising goal of $80,000 and surpassed it (raised $86K)! I was so excited that we had 6 team members supporting a cause so close to my family right now. Although I’ve only been “back on the horse” for a little less than two weeks, I was determined to do as well as I could with this 5k.

We had a missing key mishap and missed the opening ceremonies (I don’t think I could handle that, but Cam and Kelly said that it was very touching and emotional). No matter, the race was a lot of fun. It was a bit difficult (more tomorrow on alcohol before the race) but it was a beautiful day in a  sea of purple.

The race was one of the best organized races I’ve been to (Sorry Run for Your Life…PanCan knocked it out of the park). They had:

  • Childcare services
  • Chip Timing
  • Volunteers at every corner clapping and cheering
  • Great start time (8Am)
  • A Purple Passport (if you went to all of the tents you would get a prize!)
  • Great finish line music
  • (My Favorite) A food and beverage tent for the runners including COFFEE! 🙂
  • And…purple Powerade (how perfect!)

Needless to say, although the course was TOUGH and I did not do as well as I wanted to. I really enjoyed the race. I was a very happy girl. I give it my one and a half thumbs up!

But the best part of the race was what was amazing was the hope, support and the people that were at this race. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the cancers that has no cure and only receives 2% of the federal budget for research. It is estimated that 44,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone. Seeing this at the race with all of the purple and positive energy, it is such a heart warming thing to see so many people come together for this cause.

I cannot thank the Mary’s Marathoner’s team enough. It was overwhelming and so touching to see in action how they all stepped up. And they all did great!

A huge shout out to Deandra who had her 5k PR on Saturday and ran 4 minutes less than her last 5k race! So proud! Congrats to Cam who killed it! He did amazing as he’s preparing for his Spartan run soon! And thank you to Erin for her donation to our cause!

If you would like more information about Pancreatic Cancer, please click here.

Know it. Fight It. End It.

Have a good Monday,


4 thoughts on “The Purple Stride 5k, Charlotte Edition

  1. Thank you for your wonder recap. It was a wonderful event. And to think…no television or newspaper came out to cover us. They really missed the boat on this one.


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