Adairsville celebrates Pink Out, 5K today
by Mark Andrews
Oct 26, 2013 | 3442 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hundreds of community members gathered on the Adairsville High School football field on Friday to celebrate the lives of those who have fought the battle against breast cancer during the annual Pink Out event, orchestrated by Adairsville Middle School. Spelling out in a human formation the word “cure” on the field, along with a ribbon, the event featured a performance by the AMS chorus as well as a victory lap for breast cancer survivors.

“We’ve been doing this for six years and for the past six years the Adairsville community, along with the help of our elementary, [middle] and high schools, we’ve raised thousands of dollars to help local people in this community fight the disease,” AMS Principal Brian Knuchel said. “The main thing we want to teach our kids is that they can make a difference in the community. This is our way of showing them they can help people who are struggling in the community and that when all the schools and all of the community works together, we can make things happen and make this an even better place to live.”

AMS teacher and event organizer Christy Ridley called the event “bittersweet” because due to the middle school relocating to a new campus, she said, there is no longer sufficient space to hold the event. However, a Pink Out 5K will be held today at 8 a.m. at AMS, beginning a new tradition for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Even though this is the last time we will come together on the field, the spirit of Pink Out will continue to live on in the Adairsville community,” Ridley said. “We will continue to raise cancer awareness, we will continue to raise money to fight cancer and we will continue to reach out even farther in our community to bring everyone together for such a great cause.”

Teacher and coach Michael Roberson said people can register for the 5K from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

“We’ll start the run/walk at 8 o’clock and people who register ..., for adults it’s a $25 registration fee and for students it’s a $20 registration fee,” Roberson previously told The Daily Tribune News, adding the money raised from the registration fees will go toward serving local families affected by breast cancer. “Even the people who don’t run will get out and walk for events that are good causes and worthy causes and this definitely is a worthy cause, so we felt like we could get some good community involvement, so we just kind of ran with it from there.”

Winners from each age group will receive medals, Roberson said, and the overall male and female winners will receive a Wal-Mart gift card.

Ridley said last year’s Pink Out drew nearly 2,000 people to the AMS football field.