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In good spirits
We were in good company on Saturday morning when we fluttered into the Electric City for an early morning walk with, oh, just a few thousand of our closest friends.
It was all part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. At 8 a.m., we were a bit worried the threatening, gloomy sky might deter runners and walkers from joining in the foundation’s fundraiser.  But these tenacious ladies and gents of all ages didn’t miss a beat. More than 6,000 people showed up to support the Komen Foundation, and no one seemed concerned about the possibility of a downpour.
Luckily, the only thunder we heard came from the rhythm of the bagpipers who kicked things off promptly at 8:30.
Yes, indeed, there was plenty of excitement in the air pre-race time, too. Energizing the crowd just before our Nikes hit the pavement was a fabulous team from Newswatch 16 – Marisa Burke and Mindi Ramsey on the main stage with the Leckinator (aka Ryan Leckey – more on him in just a bit) working the crowd like only he can.
It was an impressive sight: thousands of people wearing pink tee-shirts, feather boas and baseball caps. In addition to the runners who tackled the course with vigor, a sea of people in pink walked 3.1 miles through the city’s downtown and a section of Green Ridge before returning to Courthouse Square. Mothers and daughters walked. Fathers and sons walked. Friends and co-workers walked. Even puppies and babies in strollers got in on the action – many of them sporting pink gear as well.
DJs, cheerleaders and high school band members were posted at various locations throughout the course, keeping our spirits high and never letting us miss a beat.
Speaking of someone who never misses a beat, as we mentioned earlier, Ryan Leckey is up to something – something good. He’s created Team Leckey for the third annual Ryan’s Run to benefit Allied Services Integrated Health System. Members of Team Leckey will join WNEP’s energetic morning show host in running in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.
It’s an understatement to say that this marathon is huge. The INC New York Marathon is 26.2 miles long. It spans five boroughs and 45,000 runners will participate as 2.5 million (yes, 2.5 million!) spectators cheer them on. If anyone can tackle this monstrous run and keep his team motivated, it’s the Leckinator.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to join Team Leckey, or you’d like to pledge your support, visit
Should you want to watch the big race and look extra fabulous, you might want to book an appointment with Tiffany (Tiff as her peeps call her) Carroll at Sanderson State Street in Clarks Summit. A stylist and make-up artist, Carroll has just been named the newest member of TIGI’s North American International Education team. That means she’ll not only be keeping us beautiful locally, she’ll also take her talents on the road. Carroll earned her place on the international team after auditioning at TIGI headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

— cb

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