By: Hugh Brown
BUFFALO, N.Y. – There’s nothing worse than getting up early to go work out. There’s a reason why I don’t play sports. With that said, there is one event every year that I gladly spring out of bed and throw on sneakers to attend. Every October, the American Cancer society has their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” charity walk and 5k run at Canalside in downtown Buffalo.
This event is so much more than a 3.1-mile jog. When I was a senior in high school, my girlfriend, who was a freshmen nursing student at Niagara University, did the charity walk along with the rest of the nursing association. I decided to join her and do the 5k run. The atmosphere at that event is unlike anything I’ve ever participated in. People are there hyping up strangers, cheering each other on, and coming together to fight for a worthy cause.
Both times I’ve attended the event the weather was perfect for an October morning; cool but not freezing, no clouds and sunny. Both times I ran I was in horrible shape and did not train at all for the run and ended up in the back of the pack with all the old ladies. But I was not embarrassed because for the first time in my life I was doing an athletic activity not to win or lose, but to enjoy my morning and get some air while fundraising for a good cause. And the charity walk, which follows after, is a very fun event.
Between people wearing costumes and local club and organizations from NU, University at Buffalo and other local schools walking together trying to get community service hours, the walk is never dull. This year’s event is on Oct. 13. You can sign up for it on the Making Strides website. You can also organize a team and raise money. It is a great way to get community service hours, but more importantly, it’s a great way to have fun.