Posted on November 09 2020
Good morning Flex it Pink community! We're so glad you're here and we're so excited to share with you our United For The Fight Virtual Event. In 2013 the Flex it Pink's FIRST EVER 5K was in support of Breast Cancer research. Since then we have done a virtual event every year to support those in the fight. This year we sat down and discussed our annual virtual event and decided it was time for a change! That's when United For the Fight was created to support ALL CANCERS. As our community has grown and our own experiences with cancer, we knew that we had to make the change of supporting ALL CANCERS. This year, 2020 the best year ever, we launched the United For The Fight virtual race to bring awareness and support to all cancers.
We all know someone in our circle, or ourselves, who have been directly affected by cancer. There are nearly 14,000 women in the Flex it Pink all women's fitness group and everyday we learned about someone who had cancer, was supporting someone with cancer or whom had recently lost someone to cancer. There are also hundreds of cancer survivors amongst the group and we were honored to be able to shine light on ALL CANCERS this year. Making these types of decisions are amongst some of the hardest decisions we have to make but we are so glad we did.
We were hesitant to open up registration on this bad boy because we weren’t quite sure what to expect. THANKFULLY we had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on the switch. We’ve heard so many incredible stories of why you are “United For The Fight” with us against cancer. The number of you who bravely shared your stories with us was very moving and we thank you for trusting us with those stories. You were dedicating your miles to your own selves as survivors or fighters, you were dedicating miles to parents, siblings, other relatives, friends, or the most heart wrenching of all, your children. We also saw the beautiful hearts of many in our community. We had people who were purchasing a medal to gift to someone for completing their treatment. We had one FiP babe who had 3 orders go through for the medal and instead of asking for a refund, she anonymously identified two deserving people and had us send those medals to them instead.
Official event week was October 17-25, 2020 (again the greatest year ever) where we saw thousands of men and women lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement. We were so excited to see as soon as those race packs and medals started arriving in those mailboxes we had pictures pouring in of people who had completed their miles.
We saw families racing together and friends who dressed up and completed their miles together.
We saw a loving husband send off and welcome back his wife from her 5k. Her miles were dedicated to her running buddy who courageously battled cancer and passed away 2 years prior.
We saw a brother putting the medal on his sister.
We saw a son in law finishing his 10k and giving his mother in law who has been battling cancer for the last NINE AND A HALF years.
We saw “The Many Colors of Hope” the tagline we created for this amazing event. All finishers photos have been posted online in a finishers album on Facebook. Be sure to check it out!
We completely SOLD OUT and had so many request to still participate in this virtual event so WE ORDERED MORE! Yep, that's right we ordered more Large finisher medals! You can snag one here and dedicate those miles.
Our United For The Fight race is benefitting Stand Up To Cancer. SU2C has funded over 180 clinical trials and over $603 million has been pledged to researchers in the fight against cancer. With your participation we will be donating $2,000 to Stand Up To Cancer.
With your continued support and love for the community we have been able to donate thousands to charities in need. Not only that, YOU THE COMMUNITY, are bringing awareness too important topics in our society. We love you and appreciate all you do for this world!
Happy Racing beautiful babes!
Flex it Pink team
To find more virtual events you can visit our website www.flexitpink.com
To still participate in United For The fight you can check out the following links:
United For The Fight Large Medal: https://www.flexitpink.com/pages/2020-united-for-the-fight-large-medal-only
United For The Fight 2" 2020 series finisher medal: https://www.flexitpink.com/pages/2020-united-for-the-fight-medal-only-pack