Saturday, October 30, 2010

Race Against Cancer

The starting line...
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and inspired by our library director, Leo, who is a cancer survivor, HB decided to host the first annual Race Against Cancer, the first race of its kind here in Akumal. Funds raised from the race will be donated to Grupo Desafio, a Cancun organization that provides support to cancer patients. Participants were given flyers with information on how to perform a breast self-exam, to help raise consciousness about the importance of prevention and early detection.
The race was a big success, and we can't wait to do it again next year! We had about 40 adults, including Akumal locals, visiting vacationers (one took 2nd place in the men's race), Cancun residents, library staff & friends. The adult race was from Akumal Pueblo to Buena Vida and back, 4km roundtrip. Winners in the 1st 3 places for men and women got prizes, which included gift certificates to Turtle Bay Cafe & Ixchel Boutique of Akumal, Restaurant Tinto in Cancun, and passes to Selvatica and Aktun Chen. MANY THANKS TO PRIZE DONORS!! About 20 kids participated in the 2 kids' races which were run in Akumal Pueblo on the main street of the town. Winners of those races will be taken to Selvatica for a fun day out!

Kersten of Aventuras Akumal, winner of the women's race

Kids race, ages 6-8

Kids race, ages 9-12

And they're off!!!

More photos can be found on our facebook page, just click HERE!

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