Maine's Tri for a Cure
Sunday morning I woke up on Cape Cod after shooting a wedding the night before and jumped in my car to head straight to Portland, Maine to meet up with some of my college girlfriends. The race was to start at 2:00 and I did not want to miss it! It was the first year I was able to attend the Tri for a Cure and I was so psyched to be able to cheer on some of my friends in the race. This years race was also exceptional because our friend Jen was competing. Last year at this time she was a volunteer at the Tri and had just wrapped up her chemo & radiation treatments for breast cancer.
I have to be honest and say that this race was like no other race I had ever attended. The support, the atmosphere and the energy was overwhelming and I was immediately touched to see such a large community of family and friends there to support the cause. It was a blast to be there and take it all in.
The race is a triathlon of all women competitors and the course is a 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike and ends with a 3 mile run. With 1000 racers they raised over $900,000 for the Maine Cancer Foundation!
I am so very proud to call these girls my friends and thrilled to have been able to attend and cheer them on this year. There is NO way you can attend this event and not be touched by the emotion and energy that is present. I was all choked up to see Jen round the corner as she came towards the last bit of the run before the finish line, exhausted but not giving up she ran it out!! We nearly lost our voices cheering them all on in the crowd!! Way to go Katie, Mollie and Jen! You made us so very proud!!!!
They start the racers in waves with all the survivors in the pink caps leading the way.
Jen zoomed by looking super strong on her bike!
Sitting next to Mollie's kids & husband warranted a happy wave as she ran by.
Katie spotted us in the crowd as she approached the finish line. High fives & hugs were abundant!
The support was everywhere you looked.