This may seem to be the week I’m promoting races, but that’s because I believe I should write about both races I’ve done or will do, along with races I think should be done by others even when out of my area. I’m a member of several social media networking sites and one of those happens to be One2One. Recently, they sent information about an event in NYC the weekend of July 20-21 called the MoonWalk NYC. In exchange for posting I will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win incentives, but don’t worry all opinions are still my own.
What is the MoonWalk NYC? It is a fantastic and fabulous night out on the town, coming to NYC from England for the first time! Participants walk either the full moon (26.2 miles) or half moon (13.1 miles) while wearing your most creative/decorative bra all under the moonlight. Both men and women are invited to take part in the fun and from what I see in previous photos, many take up that offer. Worried about ruining your favorite bra? Don’t, because the race will send you a bra to decorate about a month before the race.
Walk the Walk came into being 17 years ago when just a handful of women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. What started out as a one-off fundraising event blossomed into a thriving multi-million dollar charity, raising to date over $126M for vital breast cancer causes.
The story all started with Nina Barough, who is the founder of Walk the Walk. In 1996, Nina was running her own production company in London and woke up one morning with a crazy idea that it would be “fun” to Power Walk the New York City Marathon in a decorated bra to raise money for a good cause. At that time Nina had no experience with fundraising or taking part in a marathon nor did she know anyone who had been affected by breast cancer.
She convinced 13 women to join her and after much training and fundraising, this small, brave group took to the streets of New York in their bras. In truth, they may have just signed on for a fun weekend in New York, but the team raised over $40,000, which they donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research UK to help build the first dedicated center for breast cancer research.
I think we have figured out by now I’m drawn to crazy underwear related races so this one of course showed up on my doorstep. It is also amazing because most of the fundraising from the MoonWalk NYC will be granted to Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center to help support the Breast Examination Center in Harlem, one of the first free screening facilities for breast cancer in the country where 80% of patients are uninsured but guaranteed support and guidance.
I have ALWAYS supported women’s health and encourage everyone to do the same. Yes, I know it seems like breast cancer awareness is the “cool” thing to support, but I’d like to point out this money is benefiting a very specific place in the world of breast cancer and lately it’s a very special topic to me anyway, as one of my dear friends is going through radiation for her second occurrence of breast cancer.
Considering this is a fundraiser and they are expecting nearly 8,000 people the cost is relatively low (IMHO). In addition to the $75 registration fee, each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $150, of course more is always appreciated. When you register you are sent your training materials, followed by your hat, shirt and bra about a month before the race.
What do you think? Will you be taking a trip to NYC? Wish there was an event closer to you like this? Let Walk the Walk know. I’m sure they’ll love your support in any ways you’re able to give.