“The first year we had two months to get ready for it,” Chapman said. “Now we start months ahead and sometimes as soon as this one is over with, we start planning the next one.”
In the beginning, members of the Pink community thought that the Pink Out Cancer event was just a one time deal.
“No one thought we would have much of a response. Then, every time we ran into someone we knew, they would ask about the next event. So we said, ‘Lets give it one more year.’ Now we are saying we are just going to go ahead and do this,” Chapman said.
Chapman and her husband actually relocated to Pink from California a few years ago and have enjoyed their time in a less fast passed environment.
“For a small community, it has a huge heart. We are excited this year,” Chapman said. “We’ve loved every minute of it (the planning) and the people here are just fantastic.
Opening ceremonies for Pink Out Cancer will take place at 9 a.m., with the 10K and 5K races beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. followed by the one mile fun walk/run. Chapman said that approximately 207 runners have signed up for the officially timed run.
“Our 10K is probably the worse 10K you’ll ever run because we have hills. Runners like to come out to run it because it gets them ready to run the one in Stillwater,” Chapman said.
Registration is $25, which includes the official Pink Out Cancer T-shirt. Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. Participants can register online at signmeup.com/85123. Event details also are posted on Facebook and Twitter.
All Pink Out Cancer activities will be held at the Pink Senior Center and Town Hall, 22065 Pink Lane.
For more information, call Mel Rogers of the American Cancer Society at 841-5817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.