By Pete Williams
We’re at the tail end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there has been no shortage of terrific races and events to raise awareness and funds for a disease that impacts so many women and their families.
November is Pancreatic Awareness Month, which tends to fly under the radar compared to breast cancer and prostate cancer, which had its awareness month in September. But pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with only a 6 percent survival rate five years after diagnosis.
Apple founder Steve Jobs died earlier this month after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer for eight years and the disease has claimed the lives of a number of notable people in recent years, including Gene Upshaw, Myles Brand, Chuck Daly, and Randy Pausch, whose battle with the disease inspired the best-selling book “The Last Lecture.”
In November, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will stage “Purple Stride” events around the country that include 5K and 1-mile runs, walks, and kids fun runs. The events include St. Petersburg (Nov. 5), Orlando (Nov. 13), and in South Florida on (Nov. 20).
We recently spoke with Tracy Connolly, race director of the St. Petersburg event, on The Fitness Buff Show.
Name of Race: Purple Stride – Tampa Bay
When: Saturday, November 5 – 8:30 a.m.
History: This is a third-annual event.
Format: 5K run and 1-mile fun walk around Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg
Amenities: T-shirts, music, kids activities
Noteworthy: Twenty-two people who either have or have had pancreatic cancer will be participating.
Projected Turnout: 1,000-plus
Cost: $25 pre-registration, $30 race-day
Sign-Up: Online HERE