To be honest, I actually signed up for the race at the Expo. What attracted me was the popularity of the event. The crowd that came out and supported was INCREDIBLE! I currently serve as a Naval Officer at Naval Station Mayport and many fellow officers had been asking me if I was going to run but I hadn’t made this race into my schedule. Between the encouragement at work and the excitement and enthusiasm of the event, I felt this race would be an awesome experience, one not to pass on.
What really hit me was at the morning of the race, seeing so many breast cancer survivors and all their unique shirts getting excited to run. As if running isn’t hard enough, to overcome the adversity of cancer and conquer the challenge of a half marathon or marathon is remarkable. The enthusiasm was contagious and helped me better understand the concept that no challenge is to great and to make this life count. I am thrilled to have had the performance I did but we all know the real winners are the survivors and the families who continue to fight and overcome. I will look back on this race more so of the incredible people I saw at the beginning of the race and the journey they have been on to get to this point more than anything else.