November 18, 2018

Conestoga College’s Doon campus hosted The 27th annual CIBC Run For The Cure on Sunday. The event was a huge success, as hundreds of volunteers and participants gathered outside of the Rec Centre for the worthy cause, participating in the run/walk or partaking at the multitude of stands offering refreshments and entertainment.

The crowd poses for a photo at the 27th annual CIBC Run For The Cure, Kitchener, Ont., Sept. 30, 2018. Photo by Matthew Nowell, Spoke News

The CIBC Run For The Cure is attracts more than 82,000 Canadians in 56 different communities and is estimated to have raised an estimated $16.2 million for breast cancer research.

At Conestoga, the day kicked off just before 9 a.m. with the opening ceremonies, which included some inspiring words from representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society. Shortly after that, the warm-up began, which led participants into the main event — the run itself.

More advanced runners took part in the five-kilometre run to kick the event off, while the one-kilometre route was participated in crowds by people young and old.

Hundreds of supporters take part in the CIBC Run For The Cure, Kitchener, Ont., Sept. 30, 2018. Photo by Matthew Nowell, Spoke News

Those who opted to be spectators rather than participants had just as much fun. There was plenty to see and do at the event, including musical and dance performances, as well as clowns for the younger audience, that kept children in good spirits with balloon animals and face paint.

“This is my second year attending the Run For The Cure Event,” said Lindsay Wicke, a hospitality and tourism graduate from Conestoga College. “As a woman, the cause really speaks to me and I love coming out and seeing the unity amongst us.”

Since the run began back in 1992, the Canadian Cancer Society has made great strides in cancer research, raising over $445 million in the process and making breast cancer survival rate leap up to 20 per cent higher over the 27-year time span.

For more information on this year’s event, including top online fundraisers and fundraising teams, as well as information regarding next year’s run, click here.

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