It was 2 am Saturday morning and I was about to head to NYC from my east coast staging spot in Maryland. The reason for my earrrly morning departure was that I was going to be photographing survivors for 500UNDER50BEFORE50 at Chris4Life’s Scope It Out 5K. I wasn’t about to let the fact that I got no sleep the night before due to my working on the website, survivor photo files and organizing things for the shoot get between me and arriving at the event by 7:30 am. I was fully loaded and beyond ready to tear up the 4 hour ride to that Big Apple place.

So, with the help of a 5-Hour Energy boost, I found myself entering NYCville. Thankfully it was early on a Saturday morning, so the traffic was not as abundant as what I experienced on my 2012 visit.

After doing a few inevitable circles around the city, I arrived at the Roosevelt Island Scope It Out 5K location at 7:45. I know I know, fifteen minutes late. I’ll try to get the lead out next time :P. While hopping off the bike I noticed that the Chris4Life crew were putting the finishing touches on the event set up. All looked great and I was very much looking forward to The First Annual NYC Scope It Out 5K Run getting underway.

THE TWO MICHAEL'S

I figured it would be a good idea for me to take my helmet off, seeing that Michael Sapienza, Chris4Life’s commander and chief, was looking in my direction with a “Who the heck is that guy?” look. The helmet was then off and all was good. Over to Michael I walked, we shook hands and got the “Hey, how’s it going” pleasantries out of the way. I then walked over to the other C4L Michael, Michael Paul. He is a wonderful guy, who lost his wife to colon cancer. Far too young she was. COLON CANCER DEFINITELY IS NOT JUST YOUR GRANDFATHER’S DISEASE. I then spotted Erika Hanson Brown, Mayor of Colontown, I walked over, we talked for a bit and then I walked back to bike to get photo equipment set-up for the event.

Back to the tents I walked, I wanted to wrangle up some survivors to photograph. And I managed to bump into a few, one being, Geri, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 47. She’s a volunteer for Colon Cancer Alliance I believe. (I was going off of no sleep remember?) She’s a wonderful woman.

GERI
GERI. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 47. NEW YORK.

I then met Katherine, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at 33. A great woman who very much wants to do whatever she can to be the best advocate she can be.

KATHERINE. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 33. NEW YORK.

KATHERINE. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 33. NEW YORK.

AAAnd then, I ran into Vanessa, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor/advocate/force to be reckoned with. A truly inspiring woman indeed.

VANESSA

VANESSA. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 27. NEW YORK.

Okay, the big event was about to commence and I needed to get my ass to the start line el pronto. I made it to the line just before start shot rang out. It was time to do my photo thang. I managed to capture shots aplenty of this stellar event. As you can see in the gallery provided.

MICHAEL SAPIENZA

Cut to the after-run celebration festivities. Michael Sapienza gave a wonderful speech. Fast times were announced. Awards were given. Teams were appreciated. And I got to meet some more survivors. Tis my most favorite thing, connecting with survivors. It is very much what keeps me going and fuels this ride.

MICHAEL SAPIENZA

MARIA

MARIA. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 46. NEW YORK.

PAUL

PAUL. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 46. NEW YORK.

KIM

KIM. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 30. NEW YORK.

SURVIVOR LINE-UP

ME & A BUNCH OF SURVIVORS

Take a look at the photos, get a sense of these Scope It Out 5K Run events and if you find yourself in an area where one is held, please don’t hesitate to partake. You won’t regret it.

BIKE AT NYC SCOPE IT OUT 5K RUN