Breathe Deep Seattle 5K: On the run, to end lung cancer

(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:

You can see full results here; watch the Breathe Deep Seattle Facebook page for more post-race updates.

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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6 Replies to "Breathe Deep Seattle 5K: On the run, to end lung cancer"

  • miws August 11, 2012 (7:35 pm)

    As someone with Asthma, COPD, and Congestive Heart Failure—all of which can affect my breathing—I’d like to thank everyone that participated in, and contributed to this.

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    Very inspiring…… ;-)

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    Mike

  • bsmomma August 11, 2012 (9:16 pm)

    Our whole family (23 of us) walked for GrammaLina. She passed away from complications from lung cancer. Never smoked a day in her life. It was a great event. We’ll be there next year and every year after! A huge Thanks to everyone who made the vnt possible!

  • miws August 11, 2012 (10:02 pm)

    Good on ya, and the other 22 folks in your family, bsmomma!

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    Almost without exception, all of the Medical Staff I’ve dealt with since the first of the year, have responded in a shocked manner, when seeing that I have COPD, and I tell them I have never smoked a cigarette. Not even once.

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    I was, however, exposed to second hand smoke as a child, and then as a younger adult, when I’d hang out in smoky bars.

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    Mike

  • Robert F Flor August 12, 2012 (8:33 am)

    A big Thank You to everyone who walked, ran or contributed in any way to the Breathe Deep Seattle. It was a wonderful event that supports those with lung cancer. As a member of Team Flores, my wife and I found the turnout very inspiring.

  • Amy May August 12, 2012 (1:50 pm)

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. The teams, runners, walkers, and volunteers (and weather!) were all amazing. The organizing committe can’t thank you enough!

  • Cami August 12, 2012 (2:44 pm)

    Go Kelsey!!!!!!!!!!

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