September 19, 2008

Bulldogs Race for Breast Cancer

Sept. 19, 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Last Sunday, the Yale women's swimming and diving team left the pool and hit the streets at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New York City. The 5 kilometer race started in front of the Museum of Natural History and followed a course through Central Park that ended on the east side of the park. The Bulldogs last participated in this event in 2006 and were able to raise $625. This year they upped the ante and raised just under $1000 for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The group was led by this year's captain, senior Aidan McKinlay.

"This is something that the team participated in my freshman and sophomore year," said McKinlay. "I thought it was an event that was important for us to participate in again this year. It was a rewarding experience and brought the team together to work toward a common goal."

More than 25,000 women, men and children (including 815 teams) participated in the largest race ever. The race consisted of 1,500 survivors, as well as the race's first disabled team, competing on a shortened course. The event was grand marshaled by breast cancer survivor, actress and Komen Ambassador Cynthia Nixon. Other celebrities in attendance were Emmy Rossum, who sang the national anthem, Deanna Favre, breast cancer survivor and wife of New York Jet quarterback Brett Favre, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, Judge Judy Sheindlin, supermodel Petra Nemcova and Miss USA, Crystle Stewart.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity

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