Saturday, May 4, 2002 -- Charleston, WV
Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure (iPO Event Id#: 5052)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid
The air was festive, with many corporate sponsors giving away freebies at their tents - water bottles, bandanas, stickers, pink ribbons in all shapes, sizes, and incarnations, American flags, even massages. And there was a jupiter jump, balloons and other fun activities for the kids who came out to support the folks.
Given the cause for which so many came to support - breast cancer
research - the big winners of the day were those who have beaten
breast cancer, and you could tell them by the bright pink t-shirts
that they wore. From the Survivors' Tent, to the special raffles for
survivors, to the pink signs people wore "In Memory of" or "In
Celebration of" someone they knew who was diagnosed with breast
cancer, reminders were everywhere that this was a bittersweet day for
There were two categories of breast cancer survivors running the 5k, masters and sub-masters. Coming in first overall for the survivors and the first place Masters survivor was Yoko Pepera of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who has run the Race for the Cure in all 50 states. Second place Masters was Patricia Shaffer, and third place went to Jo Lane. In the sub-Masters category of breast cancer survivors, Deborah McHenry came in first, with Peggy Pope and Margaret Gross filling in the top three, respectively.
The overall winner of the open race was last year's winner and
perennial favorite Larry Taylor. Following in the wake of
Taylor's infamous yellow shoes were Glen Baldwin and Robert
Boston. The top female finisher was Sue Baldwin, followed
by Kelly McGraw, and last year's top female finisher, Connie
Joyce Williams was given the Most Spirit Award, for her efforts in getting six teams to sign up for the race - way to go Joyce! Most Creative was Mountain State Blue Cross/Blue Shield, for bringing the pink balloons to hand out to children. And the Largest Team Award went to Kelly's Krew.
Special thanks to Kathleen Walker, Dave Walker, Susan Murray, and the hundreds of volunteers, survivors, supporters, runners and walkers who made this day such a huge success.