Ladies Take to the Track for a Cure
Photos: Ann Anderson
and Patti Belk
do you get when you mix sand, sun and lovely ladies? The Fifth Annual Powder
Puff Race for the Cure presented by M.O.R.E. Racing and Royal Purple of course!
The weekend of Oct. 8-9, the ladies only event was held in Barstow, CA where
every man and child (in supporting roles) and woman dressed themselves and
their vehicles in pink and gathered to support breast cancer research. Every
year over 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women will
die from the disease. Proceeds from the Royal Purple Powder Puff Off-Road Race
for the Cure are donated to the Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center.
a tech and safety inspection Friday evening, race day split the 174 racers into
two heats by varying classes. While buggies were the most popular vehicle on
the course, trucks, UTVs and Jeepspeeds also raced around the 28-mile course.
Winner of the first heat was Ann Anderson, Class 5 with an overall time of 2:54:26.
Anderson completed four laps and averaged 38.5 mph. Taking first in the second
heat and crowned overall winner was Class 1 racer Shelby Reid. Reid averaged
47.9 mph in six laps and finished with a total time of 3:30:31.
many racers and their teams, the event wasn’t just about who turned in the best
time, they were also there to honor people in their lives who have won or lost
their battles with cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, e xcluding
cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women,
accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in US women. “ This year my
co-driver Wendy Bell and I dedicated our race car in honor of Wendy’s mom
Nancy Bell who is a breast cancer survivor of 14 years and in memory of
her Grandmother who passed away from the disease,” said Anderson.
Following the action on the
track, teams, friends and family enjoyed the festivities that included a BBQ,
entertainment and a raffle with a grand prize of a 2011 Yamaha Rhino. M.O.R.E.
Racing announced over $122,000 was raised at this year’s event bringing the
total to $508,000 in the five years of the event. Royal Purple is proud to be
an annual sponsor of the race.
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