Under the cover of darkness, the RRT volunteers arrived at the Des Moines Capitol building Saturday morning at 6 am, October 28, to assist the Susan G. Komen foundation with their annual walk/run to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

RRT volunteer handing out water bottles…

The RRT assisted in parking, the final setup of food & water stations for the runners and other miscellaneous tasks. Cookie’s BBQ was on site to give away burritos for the breast cancer survivors so our certified food handlers from RRT donned the Cookie’s apron and got to work stuffing & wrapping burritos for the well-deserved recipients.

The runners are off…

As the time drew closer to 9 am, more people arrived and the eager participants all lined up at the starting line. There was a crack of the gun and the runners took off and the walkers followed behind in a sea of pink. From pink beards, to tutus, to dog sweaters… everyone had on some sort of pink attire to represent for the cause!

Serving the participants…

Since it was barely above freezing, the runners moved quickly around either the 1 mile or 5K course, and were refreshed by RRT volunteers handing out water and milk as well as fresh fruit and protein bars at the end of the race.  Then, shivering with the cold and excitement from the run, the runners went their separate ways.

Walkers showing their support…

The RRT crew assisted the Susan G. Komen committee with picking up litter and loading tents and other equipment into a semi-truck for transportation back to the offices.  At this point, several of the team members took the leftover fruit and protein bars to the homeless at the Central Iowa Shelters.

Overall, it was another successful effort in the battle to raise awareness for and help those with breast cancer!

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