Cancer sucks, we all agree with this statement, every day thousands of people get diagnosed with some kind of cancer, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (approx. 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime; the best thing we can do is to create more and more awareness to prevent and fight this disease on time. With this on mind, CODE in association with “Mujeres que Viven” put together the 5th edition of “Racing for Boobs” , a race only for women where the cause is simple but essential, create awareness for breast cancer. Along with the race story, we will add some breast cancer statistics to help to the cause.
Around 100 teams gathered together at Laguna Salada in Mexicali in Baja to race, create conciseness about breast cancer and to prove who’s the best off-road women driver of all.
- About 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.*
Arlette Gomez, wife of Juan Carlos “PIN” Lopez and Mom of Apdalí Lopez, current SCORE Champion was the overall winner having in her possession 3 of the 5 race wins, fuel and dust runs thru the veins of the Lopez family, no doubt. Erica Cuevas and Karla Perez completed the podium in the Open Class this past weekend.
- In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.*
The track consisted in a 30-mile loop, 4 laps for the unlimited classes, 3 for the limited ones, it was designed by CODE to be “easy” however the desert never forgives.
- As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.*
Speaking about the categories of this race, all the different classes we all know where racing together in different groups, this to ensure good racing among the teams. For example in the second group racing the 10, 12, 14, 1/2-1600 classes, Verónica Mejorado, Dawnette Carpenter and Jetza Nava made the 1-2-3 at the podium. In Class 11 with a time of 2:43:20 Mariely Diaz fought fiercely to get the 1st place, Diana Gutierrez got second and Edna Aranda third 17 minutes after Mariely Diaz.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.*
We want to thank CODE for putting not just a fun event but an event with a great cause, we believe in this effort to help hundreds of women from Mexico and the US. If you want to help, please donate to the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the US or Mujeres que viven in Baja.
Complete results HERE
*Source: US BreastCancer.org