In the month of October, breast cancer awareness comes to the forefront with the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which will be held Saturday in downtown Little Rock.
The race attracts walkers and runners from all over the state, as well as participants from Stuttgart and the Grand Prairie.
The Race for the Cure involved women only until a few years ago, then men began to attend the race as sideline supporters for the participants.
This contingent of men became known as Three Miles of Men. The group stands on the sidelines to encourage the women in the race and displaye their support.
"This is the 13th year of Three Miles of Men," Sherrye McBryde, executive director of the Arkansas affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, said.
McBryde said what began with a handful of men with homemade signs encouraging their wives, mothers and sisters along the race has now amounted to 3,000 men along the race route.
"It is a very emotional deal when you attend," Allen Homra said. "Seeing all of those women marching kind of gets to you."
Homra, a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments in Stuttgart, said he has supported the Susan G. Komen by attending the races in Little Rock.
"I think the men need to support the women," Homra said. "When it hits close to home, including your spouse, it requires support."
The Edward Jones Investment team in Little Rock always supports the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as the Edward Jones Investment team in Stuttgart, Homra said.
James Bethea has gone to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure one time. His wife, Kim Beathea participated in the race a few years ago, and he was inspired by seeing the other participants.
"It was a spectacular event with all of those thousands of women," Beathea said. "It will move you."
There are many women in Stuttgart who attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each year and they do it in honor of the many women who are battling cancer, who have battled cancer and those who have lost the battle, Bethea said.
"I enjoyed it the year I attended, seeing all of the unusual costumes that were worn," Bethea said. "I may go again one of these years."
Carl Brothers said he has attended the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in support of his wife, Janis, who attends the race.
"That event is very impressive and something to bring awareness to breast cancer," Brothers said. "I enjoy going very much."
Page 2 of 2 - This year there will be added events such as a complimentary breakfast provided by Capitol Smokehouse and Grill on race morning.
In North Little Rock, men can receive free breakfast at the headquarters at the Wyndam Riverfront prior to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.