Army Research Office "Races for the Cure" once again

June 22, 2016

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 11, 2016) -- On a crystal clear morning, Saturday, June 11, a group of staff from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office, joined again by some dedicated family members, gathered at ARO's new home, The Frontier, to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Triangle to the Coast.

Due to construction along the usual race course in Raleigh, the event was moved to Research Triangle Park, at least for this year. It was a warm morning, the bright sunshine and blue sky portending a hot day to come, as temperatures predicted to eclipse 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many members of "Team ARO" were able to connect for a photo in advance of the recreational race, which was preceded by a formation flyover of World War II era fighter planes perfectly timed to the conclusion of a powerfully sung version of the National Anthem.

The 17 members of the team walked or ran again for colleague Nicole Fox, Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program coordinator at ARO, to celebrate her triumph over an aggressive form of the cancer, and in solidarity with those fighting the disease, or in memory of others lost.

Fox joined the group in her pink wig, along with her husband Keith and two children, Elyssa and Isaac, this time taking to the course with the over 8,500 other participants, including hundreds of other survivors in special pink race shirts.

The course was quite a bit different from last year's 3.1 mile walk through hilly Raleigh neighborhoods lined with enthusiastic well-wishers.

This year's track was rather an "out and back" on expansively wide and unpopulated Research Triangle Park roads, but the route did include a band, several batteries of water gun-toting ladies taking aim at sweaty passers-by and a repeat appearance of the all-female a cappella choir.

Over $740,000 was raised to support research to find a cure for a disease that strikes one in eight women in the U.S. during their lifetime.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 22, 2016