What a great day for the 2012 Race For The Cure in Balboa Park Sunday morning! San Diego has had a very dry atmosphere overhead, so although it warmed up quickly once the sun came out, it wasn't muggy at all. . .which made it perfect for a run (OR walk) in America's Finest City.
Before everything got going, I thought you might want to see the contrast between a typical Sunday morning on Laurel - and once the crowd got going. So here's a shot (sort of "before-and-during") comparing the scenes:
Of course it's not just participants in this event who are the big heroes - there are many unsung heroes - some of whom are volunteers. I got to the park this morning around 6:25am, and I was not the first person there (by a long shot!). Some volunteers were setting up one of the watering stations, which came in so handy once the sun came out and the walk/race got started:
CBS8 was giving out Eco-bags and bandanas for today's participants, and my job was to explain the very complicated method as to how to acquire such a giveaway. The big wheel had to be spun. So here I am trying to explain the complexities and subtleties of the wheel - nuance is so critical in a game like this! - and yet nobody seemed to be paying attention to me. I can't figure out why.
Just to make things more interesting, I took one of the "wild cards" on the wheel and labelled it "Kyle Kraska's Fisker." Why not give away a car, I thought? (Kyle wouldn't mind if it was for a good cause, right?) Two people did spin to win it - but they were both under the age of 8. I think Kyle lucked out here.
Every year, whether you're behind the scenes or in front of the camera, you get a chance to see old friends - and make new ones. This is really a great event that brings people together.
Most of the CBS8 crew, posing for a shot before the festivities begin. Missing: Barbara-Lee Edwards, who was off to the starting line to sound the horn - and make announcements.
Here's the start of the race. Not as congested as when us walkers get to go, but we all had the chance to contribute to such a worthy cause.
Today was part of a good training walk for the 3-Day, which comes in two weekends. Those 60 miles will once again be much more of a physical challenge to those of us participating in that event - here is hoping we have the same great weather November 16-17-18!