After the tot’s 5K run, for children ages five and under, all cancer survivors at the race were honored on stage at the Meyer Amphitheater and handed a pink rose.
Shortly after, women who are currently battling breast cancer were invited to stand up on the stage.
Nancy Brinker, the sister of Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer in 1980, took the microphone.
“It is so moving for me to be here every year,” said Brinker, who founded the Komen organization to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. “God bless all of you.”
Update 9:30 a.m.: Here are the top three winners in the 5K races:
For the women’s 5k:
-1st place: Stephanie Schappert, of Delray Beach, with 17:59 minutes
-2nd place: Jennifer Sober, of Jupiter, with 18:56 minutes
-3rd place: Linda Robb, of Juno Beach, with 20:20 minutes
For the men’s 5K:
-1st place: Josh Peterson, of Boca Raton, with 17:17 minutes
-2nd place: Samuel Munera, of Jupiter, with 17:55 minutes
-3rd place: Joshua Skielnik, of West Palm Beach, with 18:13 minutes
Update 9:00 a.m.: The winner of the men’s 5K race, Boca resident Josh Peterson, finished with an official time of 17:17 minutes. The team 5K walk has started.
Radio hosts Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington, from the KVJ show on station 97.9 WRMF, spoke to the crowd at the Meyer Amphitheater. Sinicki said her mom is a 4-year survivor. "If you take anything from today, make sure you're getting you annual checkups."
Update 8:15 a.m.: The winner of the women’s 5K, Delray Beach resident Stephanie Schappert, finished with an official time of 17:59 minutes. The men’s race has just started.
Original story: In the early morning hours, several hundred people prepped for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an event that raises awareness for breast cancer.
Kaitlyn Martinez, a Palm Beach County resident, stood in front of the Meyer Amphitheater Saturday morning, adjusting the pink ribbon around the neck of her dog Rogue, a 1-year-old black lab mix.
She and her mother, Michelle, came early. They were there for a reason.
“We just have to find a cure,” Michelle said.
As the starting time for the men’s and women’s 5K races approached, runners stretched, a team of elementary school girls in pink tutus bounced on the sidewalk, and others walked around the courtyard in front of the amphitheater, eating and talking.
Michelle and Kaityln ran in the women’s 5K to remember Michelle’s best friend, who died from cancer.
“Too many people have been affected,” Michelle said.