Fifty-two participants signed up for a walk, run, or bike ride on the chilly morning of Saturday, Oct. 19. Organizers said the
weather wasn’t as bad as the year before, but strangely there had been more participants when the weather was worse.
Most came from Lakeview, while others joined in from as far away as Cedarville, Calif. and Washington. Many chose to wear pink in honor of the event, one participant going so far as to wear a large pink wig, dressing up her dog in a pink tutu.
Some finished quickly, the fastest runners coming in around 20 minutes for the 5K course, while the bicyclists had the longest course out to the Lakeview Airport and back. Some participants were survivors of breast cancer themselves and some who signed up slept in and chose not to attend.
From money raised by the Tour de Outback bicycling event, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce donated $250 to the cause. The event raised $1,595 in total, between merchandise sold at the registration tables, donations and sign-up costs.
Local volunteers responsible for organizing the event included Vickie Hansen, Rebecca Compton, Maurice Lepley, Melinda Utley, Sheree Morgan, Debi Jones and Teresa Decker. Breast cancer awareness t-shirts are still available for purchase at the Sunshine Gift Shop for $15. Money goes to a local breast cancer fund.