Clear skies and warm temperatures set the perfect scene for the inaugural Pink up the Pace 5K run, hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s junior board April 28 at Crestline Field in Mountain Brook.
Pink powder filled the air as runners took off for the 5K color run and returned to the finish line with clothes covered in pink pigment. A Dolly Dash, one-mile fun run, followed as runners of all ages pounded the pavement on foot, scooters and bikes and travelled through color stations.
The event was organized by Amy Stevens, who named the Dolly Dash after her late mother, Dolly O’Neal, who founded the BCRFA in 1995. The organization has helped fund treatments for many cancer patients, including O’Neal in her own battle with breast cancer.
According to Stevens, every dollar raised through the run and post-race party will benefit breast cancer research being conducted at UAB Hospital, where her mother was treated until her passing in May 2015.
The day’s festivities concluded with a post-race party that featured food from Taco Mama and Miss Dots, Lilly’s Lemonade Stand, the Ice Cream man, an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, face painting, live music from local performers and more. ❖