This weekend kicks off breast cancer awareness month across the country and around the world. In St. Augustine, we will celebrate the survivors, honor the ones we’ve lost and assist those still battling the disease with two big events on Saturday, October 1st.

Think Pink in October Motorcycle Run

It’s been five years since the world lost Judeen Owens to breast cancer at the age of 31. From the depths of their sorrow, Judeen’s family came together and decided to honor her memory by assisting other families in St. Johns County enduring the same financial, physical, emotional and spiritual distress that this terrible disease can bring.

Through the Unity Outreach of St. Augustine and the Judeen Memorial Foundation, a difference is being made in the lives of community residents thanks to the hard work of Judeen’s family and donations from other citizens. This weekend on Oct. 1st, Unity Outreach will hold its biggest fundraising event of the year, the Think Pink! Motorcycle Ride. This year’s third annual ride will begin at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds and cover 70 miles of roads in our community. You can register now online or at the fairgrounds on the day of the event.

You can read more about Unity Outreach and each of its annual events on their website.

Pink Up the Pace 5K Run/Walk

The third annual Pink up the Pace 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 a.m. Participants will start at the corner of Orange and Cordova Streets near the Visitor Center, travel along the Bayfront, swing through historic Lincolnville and downtown neighborhoods, and finish with a dash down St. George Street.

To register, participants can visit or call 904-471-1819 for more information. Registration and race packet pickup will be available the Race Expo on Friday, September 30th from 4 to 8:00 pm at the University of St. Augustine.  During the Expo, participants can also enjoy informative booths regarding breast cancer awareness, treatments, and support. Beginning at 7:00 am on race day, registration and packet pickup will also be available near the start line. Entry fee is $25 for adults and children under thirteen $15.  Race day registration will be $30.

Please join them in “pinking up the pace” and make a vital difference in the lives of those men and women who need our help most!