Photo Gallery - Stepping Towards the Cure 5K (Oakland)

Where can you sport pink shades, party with a Pink Man, and pose on a pink carpet with a Hollywood celebrity? At the Third Annual Stepping Towards the Cure 5K of course!!!

Cool weather didn’t dampen the sprits of the participants who showed up on September 16, 2012 to walk, run, and strut around Lake Merritt. Folks decked out in everything from pink shades to pink nails warmed up with a lively workout led by Zumba dance & fitness instructor Rayne Roberto followed by a super stretching session with trainer Jamaal Dennis from the Inner Athlete.

The lively sounds of New Orleans Style Brass Band MJ’s Brass Boppers were back to inspire the participants on their 3-mile trek and making his first appearance this year was Team Gianino's very own, Pink Man, who added his own brand of fun and flair to the event.

Two weeks later on October 6, 2012, the sun shone brightly as SoCal showed up to party with a purpose at a gorgeous new venue – El Dorado East Regional Park in Long Beach. Not be outdone by our Oakland participants, SoCal walkers & runners were also treated to an amazing Zumba warm-up led by Sabrina Green Thomas, whose never ending supply of energy captivated us all. AMP Radio 97.1 kept the party going with nonstop musical hits while attendees visited the Wellness Expo where they were able to do everything from sample healthy treats from he Veggie Grill and Whole Foods Market Long Beach, try mini stress relief treatments from Origin Natural Care, relax with massages from Cribbs Massage, shop for shoes from The Walking Company's exclusive Pink Ribbon Collection, and speak with representatives from a number of leading health advocacy organizations.

In addition, participants were treated to appearances by several special celebrity guests. The gorgeous and talented award-winning actor, Kimberly Elise, best known for her roles in Set It Off, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate, and For Colored Girls, helped us kick off the day as an event spokesperson, walking the course, and graciously posing for photos with participants on the 'pink carpet'.

We were also joined by lovely ladies, Gabrielle Dennis, star of the BET hit show, The Game, and reality tv star Camilla Poindexter of The Bad Girls Club, who each shared her own passion for the cause and stayed to complete the 5K and socialize with fans.

Huge thanks to our amazing PR Team - PURRY COMMUNICATIONS (PCG), our wonderful group of volunteers, and our sponsors. We could not have made our Third Annual Stepping Towards the Cure 5K so successful without all of you. Thank you for time, generosity, and efforts made in support of our cause. See you next year!

Oakland Sponsors & Participants

  • Stanford University Cancer Center
  • KQED Public Media for Northern California
  • Walgreens
  • Highland Hospital
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Rayne Roberto
  • Jamaal Dennis (The Inner Athlete)
  • FOR LIFE Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Team
  • Starbucks
  • Sisters Tri-ing
  • lululemon athletica
  • Cupcakin' Cupcakes
  • MJ's Brass Boppers
  • Check your Boobies Organization
  • Bay Area Young Survivors