This morning I ran the Virtual 5K4IBC as part of the Caroline’s Crusaders team. I raced the familiar 5K course in Bridgewater, Massachusetts that I have used for other virtual 5K races that allowed me to bust out the race before 7AM and in advance of heavier rains that were making their way into the region later in the day.
This race was organized by friends and family of Caroline who was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in December. Caroline is a 2014 Boston Marathon finisher who ran to raise funds for Dana-Farber then and her family now giving back once again is easy to support.
IBC is a rare form of breast cancer, comprising about 1-5% of cases. As is common with IBC, the cancer cells originating in the breast tissue had spread to the skin and nearby lymph nodes by the time of Caroline’s diagnosis. The cancer had also metastasized to a small area in her pelvic bone.
To keep runners safe, Caroline’s family organized the 5K4IBC as a virtual 5K run in support of the Jimmy Fund, benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Runners could run the virtual race anytime during July and I decided that this morning would be an option that worked well for me so tackled the streets of Bridgewater bright and early.
I felt pretty strong on the course and the light mist and temperatures in the high 50’s made for rather good running conditions even of somewhat odd for July 3rd. I finished the 5K4IBC race with a time of 24:15 good for 7:49/miles.
Hoping the family raises a ton of money for a great cause with this event. Good luck to all the other virtual runners taking part this weekend and throughout July!