The 11th annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure on Sunday, Oct. 15, is a quarter marathon (6.55 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women’s cause: the fight to end breast cancer. New this year: the start/finish line has moved to the Vancouver waterfront beside Warehouse ’23, where runners and their friends and family can enjoy a special brunch and after-party with mimosas, chocolate, and free massages. The post-race party also includes over 30 vendors onsite offering samples, delicious food, sweet treats, and information about products and services. Local firemen will be waiting at the finish line to place medals around the runners’ necks—and keep an eye out for the Pink Brigade Guys, 50 men who are running with the Girlfriends to raise money for the Pink Lemonade Project.
The race was started as a way to honor and support Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with breast cancer more than a decade ago and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends. (Watch for her in the race—she’ll be wearing #1!) About half the participants run, half walk and many do a combination of running and walking. It doesn’t matter how you get to the finish line, as long as you get there!
The cost is $75 if you register by Friday, Oct. 13, or $85 on the day of the race. “Mini-girlfriends” age 16 and under are $50/$55 DOR, and you can also register your little ones for the Kids’ Mini Marathon (1.1 miles) for $30/$35 DOR. Are you a guy? No problem—join the Pink Brigade and run with your girls! To register online and get details, click here. And wear pink! (…even the guys!) Come to the starting area at least by 8:30 a.m. because the race starts promptly at 9 a.m.!