Saturday, 2 April 2011

Race #1 is Complete (Take That Genetics)

I am clearly happy to grab some water after that horrible hill!
Whew! My first race while giving my family genetics a good butt-kicking was a success! And I am on cloud nine, today could not have gone any better!

The weather was picture perfect for a race today. The sun was out, but the brisk wind made it ideal running conditions. Harry Rosen's Spring Run Off was held in High Park, in the west end of city, and the surrounding area was absolutely filled with green and blue shirts. People where out in the 1000's to support those affected by Prostate Cancer. You could tell the cause was really important to everyone who came out this morning, the spirit and enthusiasm was palpable as a sea of blue and green shirts took over the park.

Me and my inspiration - Grandad! 85 years young and still fighting the good fight!
This race was at a great location and incredibly well organized. The park was an ideal location, it was really picturesque, especially the trails down by the water. The volunteers and all of the organizers did a fabulous job, I really can't say enough good things about this run. If I  had to make one complaint would probably be about the GIANT HILL in the final 500 meters! Why do that to us? I mean really? That is the one part of the run I probably could have done without. But hills aside, the run was fabulous! I ran my 5k in 32 minutes and 26 seconds, which is not too shabby for a Darwinian fail, so I definitely happy with the outcome.

Gran and Grandad made a sign for me! Too Cute!
It was amazing to see and meet so many people whose lives have been touched by one disease. I suppose it should not be surprising, considering 1 out of every 6 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in his lifetime. And I myself have known 2 men in the last year to be diagnosed with this disease, both of whom I am happy to say are SURVIVORS! I am so glad I got the chance to take part in the event, and I was able to raise a total of $815 for Prostate Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Thanks again to everyone who sponsored me. Hopefully the fundraising we did today will make a big impact in one day developing a cure!  I know after seeing the turn out today I definitely feel inspired to help make a change!

So fellows, I am talking to you now - if you are over the age of 50 or maybe you have some bad genetics in your family too, you need to make sure you are doing the necessary screening required. Research has made this type of cancer very treatable as long as it is detected early. So don't hesitate to meet your own Darwinian failures head on!

Talk to you all again soon!
Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,