Dozens of people, some dressed costumes such as pink socks and tutus, gathered early Saturday in downtown Elizabethtown to participate in Atria Senior Living’s annual Tails & Ta-Tas breast cancer awareness 5K walk/run.
Several had their dogs in tow, also dressed for the occasion, including Elizabethtown resident Kelly Acob. She was there with her dog, King, who was wearing a pink sign representing people she knew who had breast cancer.
“I have a friend that had breast cancer and a grandmother. So I just think it is important to raise awareness,” she said. “It’s a good event.”
The event featured information booths, yoga by KARMA Yoga & Hot Yoga Studio and music, along with a breast cancer survivor breakfast after the walk/run.
“We are very much about supporting the community. Our name Karma refers to service, so that is really what we are all about is being of service to the community,” Elizabeth McNeil, KARMA Yoga program manager, said. McNeil led the warm up yoga.
There also were dog costume and owner/dog look-alike contests, with winners including Diane Atkinson and her dog Roscoe, who were dressed as monsters, and Laureen Laumeyer, Jackson Cobb, 5, and their dog Abbie, dressed in a hotdog theme.
Atria Executive Director Cindy Bratcher said Saturday participation for the event, now in its third year, continues to grow.
“We feel like this is something we can do for all of the community,” she said, noting it has been wonderful working with Karen Blaiklock, Hardin Memorial Health communications/community relations director.
“She really helped us a lot,” Bratcher said.
Although the walk was centered on breast cancer, the proceeds help those affected by all types of cancer. Money raised from the event goes to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation to support cancer patient care.
Bratcher went on to tout Beth Mather, who has been part of organizing the event since its inception.
“Mather has really been the driving force for this,” she said.
Bratcher also contributed growth of the festival to partnering with Central Kentucky Race Management.
“I think that is really what has pushed us to have more runners here,” she said, noting they’ve tripled their attendance. “Every year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
The event this year also featured a small vendor fair, comprising several vendors, including Juanito’s Street Tacos. There was also a silent auction for wig stands decorated by local artists.
“All the vendors, everybody has been so wonderful about adding to this this year,” Bratcher said.
Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory also declared Oct. 12 Elizabethtown Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
“We’re appreciative of the survivors, the fighters, the supporters. This is a wonderful cause for our city,” Gregory said.