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Record number run race against breast cancer

22nd annual Beat The Odds 5K run, 2-Mile walk provides support, memories, inspiration

Posted: August 18, 2013 - 12:07am
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Runners take part in Saturday's 22nd Annual Beat The Odds (A Women's Race Against Breast Cancer) 5K run or 2-mile walk, at Dimond Park.  KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
Runners take part in Saturday's 22nd Annual Beat The Odds (A Women's Race Against Breast Cancer) 5K run or 2-mile walk, at Dimond Park.

The T-shirts were long gone before the last participant had registered on Saturday morning for the 22nd annual Beat The Odds, A Women’s Race Against Breast Cancer. More pre-registered than have ever run the race.

“This has never happened before,” Cancer Connection board member Tish Satre said. “This just shows what an outpouring of support Juneau has to offer. This sends such a message to cancer survivors and to those who think they are all alone in the fight against breast cancer.”

Satre stood in front of hundreds of runners, walkers, well-wishers and race volunteers inside the Dimond Park Field House.

Many were cancer survivors, know others who have cancer or have been affected in some way by the disease.

That support was why the popularly designed T-shirts were all gone.

One T-shirt zipped away faster than the others when the race began.

First-place finisher Brendan Pietz from Thunder Mountain High School ran in honor of former teacher Jan Neimeyer, who passed less than a week ago from cancer.

“She was my ceramics teacher all last year,” Pietz said. “She was just the kindest lady ever, too, so it is just so hard. I thought about her the whole way. She was my motivation for this whole race so I am glad they had it.”

Cancer Connection, founded by prostate cancer survivor Mike Miller, 61, has organized the Beat the Odds race the past eight years, after it outgrew Glacier Valley Rotary. Cathy Bressette came up with the idea more than 20 years ago and passed it on to the rotary club after eight years due to increased participation.

This year’s record turnout shows that all efforts over the years have been vital in raising awareness and support in Juneau.

Beat the Odds is Cancer Connection’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Funds are used to help patients with travel expenses for treatment and has aided them in securing an apartment near Swedish and Virginia Mason Hospitals for patients who need four to six weeks of treatment in Seattle.

“It is full all the time now,” Cancer Connection office manager Jody Schmitz said. “It makes me heartsick from the standpoint of the need for it, but every survivor who has stayed there has left something for the next person, whether they bought a new teapot or a throw pillow. It is just wonderful. And what I see here today is people coming out to help other people.”

In three years the apartment has hosted more than 65 Southeast cancer victims.

Wendy Blackwell stayed at the Cancer Connection apartment.

“I am now cancer free,” Blackwell said. “Having the apartment right there at Virginia Mason where I was getting my treatment and where my doctors were was such a god send. It was so amazing. It is life-saving.”

Blackwell lost her mother and sister to breast cancer and watched them suffer.

“When I got my diagnosis it was very scary,” Blackwell said. “But there is a huge support here and having all the connections made for you down in Seattle, and everything all laid out for you is important. You just don’t think of that kind of stuff when you are trying to survive. We can all be survivors now. It is amazing.”

Cancer Connection’s Youth Inspiration Award winner Dorothy Brent, who recently beat her battle with a form of cancer, ran with former Juneau-Douglas High School soccer teammates and friends. Brent also stayed for a time at the Cancer Connection apartment.

“I am just glad I was able to come out and show my support,” Brent said. “Just like everybody was able to do for me.”

Adults Stephanie and Jana Heard relaxed with youth participant Ashlyn Gates after their walk, the trio sitting in event T-shirts under the Beat The Odds banner.

“We walked to support the function today,” Jana Heard said. “And to support breast cancer research and all that.”

Kate Hudson pinned a race number on daughter Cerys, 6, as sister Grace, 9, looked on. The two younger runners are members of Girls On The Run and Marathon Club.

“My sister had breast cancer,” Hudson said. “So that is why I run.”

Cerys, who missed out on a T-shirt, said: “I am excited to run.”

Results of the 2013 Beat The Odds Race Against Breast Cancer (Place, Name, Age, Time):

1- Brendan Pietz, 16, 20:41; 2- Estie Dawson, 17, 21:46; 2- Martina Miller, 18, 21:46; 4- Savanna Schauwecker, 16, 22:0; 5- Cecile Elliot, 48, 22:26; 6- Emily Ferry, 34, 22:32; 7- Tyra Smith-MacKinnon, 41, 22:54; 8- Katie Calvin, 22, 23:31; 9- Laura Baker, 32, 23:37; 10- Clary ?, 33, 24:11; 11- Brenna Heintz, 25, 24:43; 12- Jamie Neel, 32, 24:58; 13- Sierra Gadaire, 23, 25:0; 14- Danielle Steinman, 16, 25:01; 15- Megan Costello, 31, 25:05; 16- Erika Bengston, 44, 25:08; 16- Teresa Bruce, 57, 25:08; 18- Dunya Hermann, 15, 25:13; 19- Katie McKeown, 17, 25:14; 20- Darla Orbistando, 50, 25:17; 20- Darcy Schauwecker, 48, 25:17; 22- Kristin Cashman, 40, 25:19; 22- Becky Bohrer, 35, 25:19; 24- Jeff Gnass, 66, 25:20; 25- Susan Pollard, 53, 25:21; 26- Jessica Landry, 16, 25:41; 27- Katt Adair, 37, 25:46; 28- Leslie Daugherty, 60, 25:55; 29- Kimberely Campbell, 35, 26:19; 30- Madelynne McKeown, 15, 26:24; 31- Marian Clough, 55, 26:27; 32- Evelyn Stumpf, 30, 26:29; 33- Lucrecia Mrevine, 36, 26:37; 34- Guy Crockroft, 53, 26:39; 35- Linda Curtis, 44, 26:43; 36- Deborah Rudis, 59, 26:46; 37- Valentince Maringe, 20, 26:47; 38- Erin Smith, 48, 26:49; 39- Faith Reynolds, 28, 26:50; 40- Myron Davis, 35, 26:54; 41- Stephani-Joy Griffin, 48, 27:0; 41- Erin Laurence, 32, 27:0; 43- Vera Lumbab, 25, 27:01; 44- Donna Leigh, 52, 27:03; 45- Virginia Anderson, 30, 27:04; 46- Janeann Twelker, 60, 27:06; 47- Matthew Shaw, 42, 27:07; 48- Emilyann Lohrey, 19, 27:31; 49- Audrey Buma, 32, 27:39; 49- Kirk Thorsteinson, 34, 27:39; 51- Jennifer Thorsteinson, 31, 27:49; 52- Laura Kamowski, 29, 27:50; 52- Marlena Sloss, 19, 27:50; 54- Krista Thomson, 19, 27:51; 55- Dorothy Brent, 19, 27:53; 56- Anna Burton, 32, 27:54; 57- Sheena Gauthier, 28, 27:57; 57- Melissa Goldstein, 39, 27:57; 59- Mindy Shaw, 32, 27:59; 60- Hilary Hennon, 24, 28:0; 61- Beth, 44, 28:06; 62- Katie Palor, 32, 28:07; 63- Sara Miller, 35, 28:12; 64- Adriana Northcutt, 30, 28:16; 65- Leah Neyhart, 12, 28:33; 66- Andrea Hilbert, 34, 28:41; 67- Alicia Maryoff, 25, 28:42; 68- Tina Mayott-Gordon, 45, 29:02; 69- MaryAnn Love, 31, 29:17; 70- Kayla Koelling, 25, 29:18; 70- Laura Zahasky, 22, 29:18; 72- Ashley Mason, 26, 29:27; 72- Megan Ahleman, 34, 29:27; 74- Katelyn Loomis, 24, 29:34; 75- Colin Flynn, 23, 29:35; 76- Martha, 47, 29:37; 77- Catherine Watson, 33, 29:42; 78- Lori Sowa, 37, 29:50; 79- Lindsey Leder, 25, 29:52; 80- Kellen Priest, 25, 29:53; 81- Emma Beauchamp, 18, 29:59; 81- Sally Paul, 17, 29:59; 83- Bonnie Shanley, 33, 30:04; 84- Shannon Ely, 42, 30:14; 85- Laura Barnhill, 14, 30:19; 86- Lavair Swingle, 53, 30:20; 87- Elizabeth Smith, 31, 30:21; 88- Sara Wood, ?, 30:35; 89- Jamie Bradshaw, 23, 30:55; 90- Karn Hickok, 43, 31:0; 91- Karen Olson, 58, 31:0; 92- Gail Blundell, 56, 31:02; 93- Theresa Tekyee, 26, 31:03; 94- Kristen Miller, 44, 31:04; 95- Kari Anderson, 56, 31:08; 96- Marsha Squires, 51, 31:23; 97- Tristan Berkey, 32, 31:30; 98- Charisa Nicholas, 32, 31:34; 99- Jill Taylor, 42, 31:55; 100- Carrie Pusich, 47, 31:56; 101- Hailey Pusich, 20, 32:05; 102- Annie Geselle, 38, 32:11; 103- Rhonda Biles, 44, 32:12; 104- Kimberly Metcalfe, 63, 32:16; 105- Debbie Crapo, 28, 32:17; 106- Heidi Bingham, 33, 32:25; 107- Shawna Puustinen, 33, 32:34; 108- Amy Fosket, 31, 32:35; 109- Johanna Crossett, 43, 32:36; 110- Jodi Meyer, 35, 32:39; 111- Stephanie Harris, 35, 32:48; 112- Dianna Roberts, 45, 32:53; 113- Karen Maher, 58, 33:24; 113- Lacey Sanders, 30, 33:24; 115- Carolyn Walton, 28, 33:27; 116- Kassidy Pietz, 13, 33:33; 117- Kelley Olson, 15, 33:34; 118- Sydney Jones, 13, 33:37; 119- Andrea Gordon, 17, 33:39; 119- Nicole Fenumiai, 23, 33:39; 121- Nicole Auth, 31, 33:45; 122- Corey Murphy, 30, 33:55; 122- Alyssa Hobbs, 35, 33:55; 124- Kayla Harmon, 24, 33:58; 125- Kris Coffee, 46, 34:03; 126- Christy Odum, 41, 34:04; 127- Ellen Story, 27, 34:19; 128- Hazel Reynolds, 52, 34:36; 129- Meridith Boman, 33, 34:38; 130- Rikki Gelston, 32, 34:51; 131- Nina Rajala, 56, 34:54; 132- Margie Thomson, 53, 34:56; 133- Amy Williams, 31, 35:10; 134- Reagan Mitchell, 8, 35:12; 135- Heather Mitchell, 43, 35:13; 136- Lynette McNutt, 47, 35:42; 136- Sheri Grey, 47, 35:42; 138- Rhonda Hickok, 48, 35:54; 138- Annie Janes, 47, 35:54; 140- Kristen Wells, 33, 35:55; 141- Justine Bishop, 46, 36:15; 141- Rosie Caouette, 11, 36:15; 143- Sonia Nagorski, 41, 36:16; 144- Lyndsay Dysinger, 29, 36:25; 145- Jeanine Smith, 52, 37:14; 146- Susan Hennon, 59, 37:16; 147- Dana Light, 54, 37:17; 147- Iris Light, 16, 37:17; 149- Nandi Than, ?, 37:19; 150- Portia Carney, 11, 37:38; 151- Stella Tallmon, 10, 37:39; 152- Grace Hudson, 9, 37:50; 153- Jennifer Quinto, 35, 37:56; 154- Heather Ritchie, 60, 37:57; 155- Katie Sullivan, 53, 37:59; 156- Cynthia Johnson, 51, 38:02; 157- Debbie Lowenthal, 42, 38:05; 158- Kate Hudson, 45, 38:06; 159- Corys Hudson, 6, 38:07; 160- Madison Cook, 18, 38:08; 161- Jen Laroe, 45, 38:28; 162- Holly Handler, 39, 38:29; 163- Ashley Hunt, 25, 38:53;164- LaRae Rasmussen, 60, 39:10; 165- Michelle Hager, 30, 39:11; 166- Mackenzie Gray, 9, 40:01; 167- Tina Abbott, 32, 42:18; 168- Nicole Motherhead, 30, 42:19; 169- Judith Lum, 46, 42:33; 169- Naomi Hobbs, 41, 42:33; 171- Krista Youll, 25, 43:38; 172- Veronica, 39, 43:54; 173- Ann Sparks, 37, 43:55; 174- Rachel Tiffer, 24, 44:27; 175- Hannah Heutte, 10, 51:55; 176- Dawn Heutte, 49, 51:56; 177- Maisy Messing, 6, 58:12; 177- Doniece Gott, 37, 58:12.

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