I headed out to Greenlake this morning to watch some of my friends run the Irongirl 5k. It is a women's only event, and any funds raised go to benefit The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. This is the second year the women in our running group have run this event, and I imagine the two cancer survivors found a little extra meaning this time around. Participants are nicely pampered at this event, and my friends were treated to another white linen post-race feast.
From the website, "Iron Girl's mission is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle." There were mother and daughter teams, and even three generation teams running this morning. The announcer told the crowd that the youngest runner was 4 years old and there were several 60+ old runners in the crowd as well.
This running & biking community I have fallen into has turned out to be a positive experience in so many ways. Beyond the health benefits I have enjoyed, there is a great community aspect to it all. Everyone is out there for their own reasons - health, challenge, personal demons, fund-raising, etc. Whatever the reason, you will find lots of support out there, especially in the middle of the pack where we hang out.
These women-only events seem to be even more supportive than the typical event. Not that the runners aren't out there to kick a little ass. Congrats on the four PR's ladies!