Revlon 5K Run/Walk – May 12, 2007

Thought you’d like to see what I’ve been up to lately. I am reminded, by the way, that anything we do (well, ALMOST anything) stimulates our creativity. Especially when you do something for the first time…

This was my first time to do anything like this…
I walked in the Annual Revlon 5K Run/Walk (about 3 miles) for Women, a fundraiser to fight cancer.

Photo above, taken of me at the Finish Line, by my good friend Ruth Rivin.

Pat Benatar and band were playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as we returned from the walk …very cool. I heard that Gladys Knight, Kenny Loggins, and others played in years past, but the organizers never reveal in advance who’s going to be playing … so it’s always a surprise reward!

(“The Nanny”) Fran Drescher, singer Sheryl Crow (both had cancer) were there along with Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and other actors/celebs, models spoke, posed for photos and signed autographs, etc.

Each runner/walker wore a sign on his/her back denoting in whose honor or memory we were running/walking. I chose my dear friend, Bernadette M. Smith, who was a music business attorney I worked with in Atlanta, Georgia, and who died much-too-young, a couple years ago from cancer. Some people had several names on their lists. Some were “in support of” for cancer survivors … and there were lots of those participating in the walk, thankfully.

Biggest moment for me was when we walked through the tunnels, crowded into a river of about 50,000 people, coming out of the dark & cool and into the sunshine again, entering the “floor” of the Coliseum with people cheering, in the stands, just like we were in the Olympics!

Each participant was presented with a gold medal (shiny-gold colored, heavy, not plastic…maybe lead?) on a red ribbon that volunteer firemen/women placed around our necks, hugged us, posed for photos, just like real ‘winners.’ Very cool.

It was a relatively easy walk (except for lack of sleep! We got there at 7 a.m.), certainly because I was enjoying my visit with Ruth. I’m still energized, having recovered from the almost-blisters on the soles of my feet. Besides, I finally got to satisfy my “Inner Gladiator.”

The whole thing was really very touching…and inspirational. And fun.

If you ever have the chance to enter a ‘walk’ or ‘run’ for a good cause … go for it.

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