Over 800 men, women, children, some with their dogs, braved an overcast morning, with a bit of a nip in the air, to help raise funds for the war on breast Cancer. Windsor’s Sunday morning 5K CIBC Run For the Cure took over much of downtown’s Riverside Drive. Although organizers say runners were down in numbers this year, because of the weather, there was no shortage of enthusiasm as participants entered the victory tunnel at Riverfront Festival Plaza.
The cheering started just under 20 minutes for frontrunner Vincent Massey student Noah Costa, his second win in as many years. For him, the race was personal. His mother is a breast Cancer survivor.
This year a number of teams participated. Joan Fowler’s group raised over $16,000 and was rewarded with a group tent at the registration area.
One of the oldest runners, at 84, was Kingsville’s Jane Malcolm. She completed 2km. Last year she did the full distance but with the weather the way it was she opted to take a break. Malcolm is somewhat of a legend in Kingsville. Since the age of five she has been “horse crazy,” as she says, and involved in the training of horses. Currently she operates a therapy training facility in the town.
Throughout the event DJ Urban Kris kept the crowd enthused with a combination of popular and classic up beat music. The run itself is part of a national event which happens to be the largest single-day volunteer-led event in Canada. Funds raised help cover the cost of breast Cancer research. It is anticipated that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women.
So far the Run has raised more than $3.7 million locally and has provided several research grants directly to fund research efforts at the University of Windsor.
Article and photos by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.