Thousands of women, men and children took to the streets Saturday for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, turning the race course in downtowns Little Rock and North Little Rock into a sea of pink shirts, signs and boas.
Rain that fell overnight held off as the 5K run and walk got underway just after 8 a.m. at 2nd and Broadway Streets in Little Rock. An estimated 38,000 participants formed a line that stretched for several blocks south of the start line while scores more lined the side of the road, offering high-fives, hugs and signs of support and memoriam.
Among those walking the race was Celese Marshall, a 44-year-old Little Rock woman who survived breast cancer two years ago. She said the event offers strength for those who have battled or still are fighting the disease.
"It's just fantastic, it's just empowering," Marshall said shortly before the race began, standing with her 21-year-old daughter. "It's having your sisters beside you. Whether you know them or not, you are a sister beside you. So it's an incredible experience. It really is."
Sue Kline, 40, of Ward, sported pink hair and a Komen ribbon painted on her cheek in memory of her aunt, who died from breast cancer, and in support of her mother, who survived the disease.
Kline said members of her family came from around the country to support the cause.
"It's mostly happy because my mom's beat it," she said. "And hopeful for the future that other people will beat it and we'll raise awareness for that."
See Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full coverage of the race.