The Mustache Run for Prostate Cancer
On December 1, my brother and I ran in the inaugural Minneapolis Mustache Run 5k. Runners came decked out in mustache’s of all shapes and sizes. Those who couldn’t grow one, made their own. I saw a group of women with full bears made out of yarn.
Since the men in my family are facially hair challenged, neither of us had any form of facial hair. I’d like to think that helped us run faster – more aerodynamic. I don’t think that’s the case, but we did both have great runs.
It was fun watching him work hard and push though to set a PR by almost three minutes. The key to running a faster 5k is remembering that it’s really not that far. If you’re prepared, you can push yourself by ignoring the pain.
The mustache run was a partnership with the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition (MNPCC), and a celebration of Movember. “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.”
As someone with family members affected by prostate cancer, I thought this would be a great opportunity to run yet another race over the Stone Arch bridge, and support a good cause. Here are a few more reasons why all of us should care about this.
Prostate Cancer Statistics
Some staggering statistics from the MNPCC lists prostate cancer as the single most prevalent form of cancer in Minnesota. It’s estimated that 3,870 new cases were repotted in 2010. Of those, nearly 40% of all newly diagnosed men were under the age of 65. That’s frightening, considering most people think of it as an “old mans” disease.
What’s more disturbing, is that we have a lot more cases of prostate cancer than the rest of the United States. With a 10% higher mortality rate that any other state, men need to be tested. Early detection is key to beating it.
The American Cancer society recommends yearly testing for men once they turn 50. If you are at risk (meaning you’ve had family members with it), you should get tested by age 45. If you’re younger, it can’t hurt to get tested sooner, although it’s not a pleasant test (google that on your own).
Keep running. Although it can’t technically cure cancer, I think it’s a great step towards preventing all sorts of ailments. As you enter into the holiday season, make sure you set aside time now to get outside and enjoy the winter wonderland that is Minnesota winter running.
See Olympian Carrie Tollefson’s video recap of the Moustache Run and checkout the photo gallery.