My First Time: The Revlon Walk For Women’s Cancers

As a busy New Yorker whose normal weeknight get-home time is 9 p.m. if not later, I’m pretty selfish about my Saturdays. There are no plans to be made before 2 p.m. — no, I can’t get to that toddler’s birthday party in Brooklyn at noon; nope, I don’t care if there’s a free yoga class downtown at 10 a.m. Sleeping in and lounging around into the early afternoon is a must. Tomorrow, however, my husband and I are donating our Saturday to the Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Cancer, and I, personally, couldn’t feel better about waking up at 7 a.m. on my day off.Since losing my surrogate aunt, my mom’s best friend, to a horrifyingly aggressive cancer last spring, I’ve been eager to be involved with helping the battle against women’s cancers. What better way to show support than by donating/raising money via a walkathon? I guess until cancer hit close to home, I never really thought of participating in such an event, though I regret that now. I mean, what’s not to love about a morning devoted to a great cause, community and exercise? And this walk in particular — which is only 3.1 miles, so will be a breeze — will be full of sights too, as it starts in Times Square and ends in Central Park.

I know there will be about 40,000 people there tomorrow (wow!); otherwise, I’m not sure what to expect. Will people be power-walking or is this about casual strutting? Will this be like a party atmosphere or serious? Have you ever participated in a walkathon to raise money? What was it like? Did it make you feel empowered?