San Francisco Race for the Cure creates awareness and support for those affected by breast cancer

San Franciscan Grant Johnson (in white tank), who won the 5K race in 16:53, begins his 3.1 mile journey. David Green (number 387, gray shirt) of Belmont and Allison Myers (number 390, pink hat, fourth female overall) of Corte Madera take off alongside him.

Thousands of women, men and children filled San Francisco’s Embarcadero on Sunday morning, September 30th, many dressed from head to toe in pink. As the starting fog horn sounded (it was San Francisco, after all), the athletes took off from under a pink balloon arch and headed south towards AT&T Park.

The event was the annual San Francisco Bay Area Komen Race for the Cure, one of hundreds of run/walk events scheduled across the country by the Susan G. Komen Foundation each year to create awareness, raise money, and support those affected by breast cancer. The San Francisco event has raised over $200,000 this year alone for research and treatment support.

Among the thousands of runners and walkers was Roxanne Cohen (right), wearing bib number 2 with a special pink numeral. Roxanne was one of many who participated in the event with a pink bib, meaning that they are either living with metastatic breast cancer or that they are considered a survivor of the disease. Cheerleaders greeted participants as they reached the finish line in front of the Ferry Building, celebrating what was a metaphoric journey for many, either for themselves or for a loved one.

Past the finish line, there was a ceremony for survivors, vendor booths providing healthy snacks, music, and entertainment in the nearby Justin Herman Plaza.

Complete race results for the Timed 5K division can be found here.

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.