CIBC Run for the Cure 2009

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have promoted this post to the front page of my site for October 4th, 2009. Scroll down to see updates from the 2009 Run for the Cure.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The CIBC Run for the Cure has a special place in my heart. After the second year that I ran it, I came home, showered, and hopped in the car to go pick up John from the airport. That was the day he moved to Vancouver and soon after he became my husband. The following year, we did the run together and I raised funds for the first time through my blog (2006, 2007).

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The Run for the Cure is an amazing event with such a great vibe that raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It recognizes battles, it celebrate lives, and it joins people across the country on a single day for a single cause. This year’s run takes place Sunday, October 4th. You can sign up for the kids run (1km loop) or the main run (5km) which you are welcome to walk.

You can sign up online, place a donation, or read the Finding Hope blog for inspiration.

Update, Sunday October 4th 2009: This morning John and I headed down to Concord Pacific Place in False Creek to cover the CIBC Run for the Cure. Thousands showed up to run, walk, cheer, and participate in this inspiring event.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Survivor Tracy Di Venanzo gave a motivational talk on stage after Premier Gordon Campbell welcomed everyone to the event. All around us were people walking and running in honor of a loved one (or the loved one of someone else).

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

There were numerous dogs (and even a cat), countless strollers, children running in honor of their grandparents or mothers, and thousands of others wearing costumes or proudly displaying their “I’m running for” badges.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

I stood at the finish line and clapped as people completed the course and was almost moved to tears whenever someone wearing a pink “survivor” t-shirt went by.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

There were also several local celebrities taking part, including news anchor Pamela Martin (CTV), Dave Genn (54-40) and his wife Tamara Taggart (CTV). I also heard that Bif Naked, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, was doing the run as well.

This is the 18th annual run and over 1 million people have participated in the Run for the Cure since it began. In 2009, Canadians in 56 communities from Victoria, BC to St John’s Newfoundland took part.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation can be found on Twitter (@CBCF_Run) and also over on their Finding Hope blog. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect reminder for women to get themselves checked.

You can view the rest of John’s amazing photos in his Flickr set.

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  1. Thursday Link Fest: Event Roundup » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittThursday, September 24th, 2009 — 1:43pm PDT

    […] CIBC Run for the Cure takes place Sunday October 4th around False […]

  2. KurtisSunday, October 4th, 2009 — 2:02pm PDT

    It was my first run of any kind, at least in 17 or so years, and I did it! Ran the whole thing! What an awesome day for it, such warmth and optimism abound! (I love those black t-shirts, too!)

  3. AidanSunday, October 4th, 2009 — 7:46pm PDT

    Next year I will do the run. My mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer last Mothers Day. She is currently going though radiation treatment. I have always been a major supporter of these types of events, and cannot wait to participate next year.

  4. MarkDeeMonday, October 5th, 2009 — 8:34am PDT

    This was an amazing event. So many touching stories. I paced myself with a group of ladies and at one point (far into the run) it took everything in me to avoid crying. My first run.


  5. Tracy Di VenanzoSunday, October 11th, 2009 — 11:04am PDT

    What an amazing day! As a survivor, it’s always so empowering to have such energy and support around you at a walk like this. I was so proud to share my story in the hopes that one day we WILL see a future without Breast Cancer. I am committed to continue to walk until we find that cure.

  6. Photos from the CIBC Run For The Cure 2009 → johnbollwitt.comTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 8:53am PDT

    […] an early October 4th morning, I ventured down to Concord Place with Rebecca to check out this year’s CIBC Run For The Cure. Across the entire country of Canada, people […]

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