(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
Like so many benefit 5K’s, today’s Breathe Deep Seattle walk/run in Lincoln Park was both a big-group celebration, and an intensely personal event. Breathe Deep benefits the lung-cancer-fighting LUNGevity Foundation, and the tributes to lung-cancer patients past and present were everywhere, like the one D.J. Vallaca wrote before the start:
… and the one worn in support of Ray Flores, whose Team Flores had dozens of members:
Extra inspiration came from survivor Eva Borsi, speaking before the race:
More scenes from today’s Breathe Deep Seattle 5K – including the top finishers, one of whom was half the other one’s age! – ahead:
Organizer Amy May had been planning this year’s event since almost the moment last year’s Breathe Deep – also held in Lincoln Park – concluded:
(Here’s her personal story about the inspiration for BDS – a family member’s fight.) Fundraisers even included a sale back in May during WSB-presented West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. Meantime, there was pre-race music today too, with the band Liquid Courage:
More than 140 runners/walkers gathered at the starting line:
…and they were off! on a course that started in the upper park:
… continued through the trees …
… headed down to the beach …
… and along the water:
Some reassurance toward the end:
The first finisher was 22-year-old Chris Boyle, in 16:23:
11-year-old Kelsey Lenzie was the first female finisher, at 22:43:
P.S. Next big benefit 5K in West Seattle is the Northwest Hope and Healing-presented Alki Beach 5K Walk/Run on August 26th, just two weeks from tomorrow; sign-up information is here.
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