Since 2005, the Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (MORE) has put on one of off-road’s more interesting events near the desert community of Barstow Ca. The 7th Annual “Powder Puff “ (Race for a Breast Cancer Cure) consists of ladies ONLY.
First and foremost, this is an event to raise money for a disease that 1 in 8 women will suffer from in their lifetime. In 2011, over 300,000 women were diagnosed. Chances are you know someone who has battled this terrible illness.
With all seriousness aside, this race has become one of the biggest events MORE includes in its schedule. Nearly 160 entries took the green flag this year including Trophy Trucks, Class 11s, and everything in between for the 22-mile loop in Barstow’s finest terrain. Most of the ladies were no stranger to desert racing with husbands or sons who race or pit for teams, but this was the ladies’ chance take the wheel for a day and show the men that they could hang too.
“This race is great,” said Kat Wilson who competed for her 3rd year. “Besides it being for a good cause, there is a serious side to it. This year seemed to be a little more competitive than the last few. It’s about the camaraderie, the excitement of racing and the opportunity to get to do something you normally don’t get to do.”
Some have a little more experience than most like Nicole Pitell in her Total Chaos Tacoma who has won her class three years in a row. “This race is one of a kind!” said Nicole as she accepted her first place trophy. “I know you guys out there were gunning for me. I’ve had a target on my back for three years now; the racing just keeps getting better. We’re going to keep coming back, and I hope you do too. For those out there who’ve gone through the fight with cancer, I claim this first place for you!”
Fun aside, someone had to take the overall win. “We love this race!” yelled Kelly Mather as she accepted her first overall trophy. “We had a great time. Motion Tire gave us a great car to race, and without their support we wouldn’t be here.”
While most races always end the same with winners, losers, broken cars and tall tales of greatness; this race everyone wins as they support the cure for mothers, daughters, aunts and grandmothers who have battled or continue battling cancer in all forms. A “Race for a Cure” is a real race and we are all part of it. If you wish to donate to this race, and towards a cure for this never-ending battle called cancer, you can donate here.
On a personal note I would like to thank Jay Eugenio, Kelly Knight, Laurie Pfankuch, Burnedette Dybvik and Britney Villanueva for dedicating their race to my mother Dianna Waters and her current battle with ovarian cancer. Thank you, Art-
Words and photos by Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto