Pink Pride

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there are pink ribbons everywhere. Why so much hype? Because, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation website, early detection is key in order to have a greater chance of survival. Since breast cancer is the most common cancer among women (outside of skin cancers), an entire month of awareness reminds people to get mammograms, do self-exams, and be a support system for those going through treatment. Interested in taking action? Here are five local fitness events that are raising awareness—and funds—this month.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Lee County
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 8 a.m., participants will gather at the Tanger Outlets in Fort Myers to participate in the annual walk. There is no fee to register, but all registrants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100. In 2012, over 1 million walkers nationwide raised over $68 million. Those funds help support local programs such as Reach to Recovery and Look Good, Feel Good. More information can be found on the event website.

2013 Southwest Florida Stiletto Sprint, Naples
This annual event, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, on Third Street South in Naples. Registration starts at 4:00, with a kids sprint and then an adult sprint occurring at 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively. A post-sprint party with live music, food, and activities for kids make this event a fun one. To register, visit

Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Estero
Already in its seventh year, this event features the choice of a 10 or 25-mile family friendly ride, along with a goodie bag from Trek Women. All registration fees are donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Entrants can pick up packets the night before, or day of, at the Trek Bicycle Store of Estero. The event takes place on Saturday, October 12, and begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit the event website.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Naples
This Collier County event will be held October 12, and is very similar to the event in Lee county, but a different location (Cambier Park). Start time is 9:00 a.m. Again, no fee to register, but participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds, with $100 as a minimum. More event information can be found here.

In The Pink Charity Slot Tournament, Seminole Casino
Alright, alright, technically this isn’t really a fitness event. But your arm might get a bit tired, depending on how long you plan on playing slots. Half of your entry fee goes directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the rest goes in the prize pool. This might be a great way to get out of your race tees and into something swanky and have a night out—all while raising money for Komen. October 6, at the Seminole Casino, 1-9 p.m. For more details, click here.