Best Self Atlanta publisher Sherri Adair explains the serious issue behind the fun of the Moustache Dash race.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, and one in six American men will be diagnosed in his lifetime. Despite those scary statistics, prostate cancer has an extremely high cure rate if detected early. The missing link? Awareness.
It’s so wonderful to see everyone come together during October to wear pink ribbons and talk about breast cancer. Even pro football teams are sporting ribbons on their helmets. Now that it’s November, we need to extend that same widespread awareness to diseases that are equally devastating to men. We wear pink to promote women’s health, and in November we’ll dash with a ‘stache for men’s health!
The moustaches-in-November idea originally began in Australia with the movement called Movember, which has spread worldwide. Men begin growing moustaches on November 1 to become walking billboards for men’s health issues. Movember is the inspiration for the first annual Moustache Dash, our race on November 9. Partnering with sponsors Georgia Urology and Big Peach Running Stores, we invite you to come out to Town Brookhaven and join in the moustache fun. Men are encouraged to grow their own, and everyone is welcome to the free, stick-on ‘staches that will be provided. Face painters and temporary tattoos will also be available on race day, so you’ll have plenty of options to show off your Movember spirit.
The day includes a 5K and a 1-mile fun run, and in addition to moustaches, participants will get long-sleeved T-shirts, awards for the winners in each age group, and the chance to compete in the moustache contest. The categories are Best Real Moustache, Best Faux Moustache, and Most Spirited Moustache Dash Team, so don’t be afraid to get into the moustache theme! Use #MoustacheDash to tag your race-day photos on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about this fun event.
At the end of the day, we hope moustaches will be an instant reminder for everyone who sees them: a reminder for men to get tested, a reminder for women to support the men they love, and a reminder for all of us to unite in spreading awareness.
To register, volunteer or participate in the expo, go to www.bestselfatlanta.com