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Margaret Schlachter

Wearing Pink

It's October and October means Beast Cancer Awareness month. This past weekend I took on the Spartan Race Beast in South Carolina after coming off the 30 mile Ultra Beast just three weeks ago. One thing for sure at the starting line this weekend there was a lot of pink! After knowing several people who have both conquered and lost their lives to breast cancer, I donned my pink headband for this race.

Wearing pink is a reminder to us all especially females how prevalent Beast Cancer really is in our lives. Most of us know at least one woman who has battled the disease. With the statistics reading that about 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Spending time not just to don a pretty color but also learn a little is critical for us. A simple check up with your doctor each year and greatly increase your change of early detection. It's important that as athletes we not only take care of ourselves in our training but also in our nutrition and care.

I recently changed some plans in my race schedule, dropped the upcoming road marathon and decided instead to head to Chicago for the Super Spartan in two weeks. The race we will definitely be seeing pink!  From Spartan Race, "In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the race will make everything they can pink - even the obstacles. In addition, an 3:00pm heat dedicated to breast cancer survivors, family & friends is available where 50% of the money raised from this heat will go to the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure." I love the fact that not only Spartan Race supports awareness but more importantly that Gaspari Nutrition is a headline sponsor for the race.

I will be at the starting line both Saturday and Sunday donning some article of pink to help support the cause and take on the next set of obstacles!

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