On Saturday I participated in the Climb to Conquer Cancer Fundraising event here in my home town of Flagstaff Arizona. The event is hosted by the American Cancer Society and I’ve participated in the climb before back in 2008. This year there were 184 Teams Registered and 3,746 Participants! Together we raised $240,684.33.
The climb up Snow Bowl Road is 7 miles and if you aren’t in great shape, it’s a killer climb. This time it seemed easier than my climb back in 2008. I’m not sure if it’s because I have kids and I’m always running around keeping up with them, but I remember being in pain during that last mile trek up the road with its steep incline. This time I had no problem getting all the way up. I did however feel sore up to three days after the climb. The balls of my feet hurt and muscles I didn’t even know I had hurt.
To give you perspective on the climb, you start off at the base of Mount Agassiz at 9,200 feet and once you get to the top, you are at 11,500 feet. So it’s quite a climb.
When you get there in the morning you start off parking at a high school and they bus you from the high school to the base of the mountain. Saturday I held off on my morning coffee intake and instead drank water and grabbed a breakfast sandwich for the energy.
When I climbed back in 2008, my husband and I saw this kid with muscular dystrophy trying to climb and I was so inspired by his efforts. This time I saw this:
I’m glad I was able to participate in such an uplifting event. The only thing I regret not taking a picture of was memory lane. Memory lane was a section of the climb that had stakes set up with people’s pictures on it and a tribute to them who fought and lost the battle with cancer. People would get to memory lane, grab their loved one’s steak and carry it to the top. It was nice to see on the way down that there were only two or three stakes left to take up.
Have you done anything like this to raise money for a cause? I’d love to hear about it.
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