The Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood in Avon was a
much more colorful community on Saturday morning, October 7, thanks to
the 14th Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K.
The event, which was cancelled last year due to
Hurricane Matthew, has been a popular fundraiser for the Hatteras
Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) for over a decade, and serves as a
great opportunity for people to don their hottest shades of pink while
supporting a great cause.
Adults, kids, and pups all gathered at the Sun
Realty office on Monday morning to join in the event, which raised
$9,914 to help neighbors on Hatteras Island battling cancer. Roughly 80
people ran, walked, or meandered through the soundside route, causing a
few double takes by visitors who were surprised to see dogs in pink
tutus, a flurry of pink shirts and wigs, and bikes that were decked out
in rosy streamers and flowers.
Pennsylvania residents Dan and Robin Adams
Rothermel, who donated 100% of the T-shirts for 2017’s event, first
learned about the annual 5K by simply noticing the pink-infused scene
several years ago.
“We were going to Food Lion and saw a large group
of people all in pink,” says Robin. “I had done 5Ks before and thought
it would be cool to do one here, so we joined in.” Robin immediately
donned her running gear in the Rothermels’ truck, and off she went. The
Rothermels loved the spontaneity of the day, and looked forward to
joining in the annual race in future years.
But the race took on a personal note in 2017 for
the Rothermels, after Robin was herself diagnosed with breast cancer in
“It has a different meaning now,” says Robin, “and we wanted to find a way to contribute more.”
Robin spent her recovery after her June operation
at the beach, noting that the Hatteras Island landscape made her feel
better. “My recuperation was spent at the Point,” she says. “No matter
how crappy I was feeling, I got down here and felt that all was right
with the world.”
Their love of the beach, as well as their
appreciation of the local community, led the Rothermels to contribute
to 2017’s event in a major and wonderful way.
In a fantastic turn of events, Dan, who owns a
t-shirt printing business, offered to make and donate all of the shirts
for this year’s 5K. It was an offer that came just in the nick of time,
as unbeknownst to the Rothermels, there were no shirts for this year’s
runners due to unexpected complications.
“We were happy to help,” says Dan. “We spent our
summer here and got to know so many people, and we love the local
community. Everyone is so nice, and we wanted to give something back.”
participant who left a noticeable mark on
this year’s event was two-time cancer survivor and multiple-time winner
of the annual “Pinked Out” contest, Connie Meekins. Connie was awarded
a pinked out gift basket donated by Lee Robinson's General Store.
Rocking head-to-toe pink, which included a hot
pink wig topped with seashells and a football, Connie was a stand-out
in the crowd, and attracted a lot of attention from passer-bys in the
Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood.
“I think the most I spent on my outfit was $10,”
said Connie. “I raided the Halloween section at Walmart, and got a few
items at the Dollar Tree.”
Connie, who battled breast cancer in 2014, once
again won the award for wearing the most pink at 2017’s event, and
walked a good portion of the 5K despite having recent knee surgery in
“I was a little nervous about [doing the 5K], but I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”
The event drew a number of cancer survivors of
all ages and their supporters, as well as friends, kids, adults, and
even costumed dogs.
Mariah James, owner of Old Gray House Gifts in
Buxton, brought her two male pups Tucker and Luke to the race. Wearing
matching pink tutus, the dogs took both the race and the pink theme in
“They don’t seem to mind the pink at all,” said James.
After the race, participants munched on barbecue
sandwiches and chips donated by Marlin Catering and Hatteras Marlin
Club, and hung out to hear the announcement of the winners. First place
through third placer prizes were given out for multiple age categories,
and there was also a raffle with tons of enticing prizes from local
The warm weather and light breeze brought an
extra dose of sunshine to the already bright and festive event, and
more than one participant said they were already looking forward to
“We’ll definitely be back,” said Dan Rothermel. “This is a great event, and we’re just happy we can help.”
Click Here for a list of the HICF Positively Pink 5K Winners
Click Here To View The Slide Show
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation would like
to thank all of the participants, volunteers and the following sponsors
for making this year’s Positively Pink 5K a success.
GOLD SPONSORS | $1,000
Mead L. Slagle, DDS
Greater Kinnakeet Shores
East Cape Clothing Co. - Dan and Robin Adams
SILVER SPONSORS | $500
Ace Hardware • NC 12 Realty • Batchelor Homes
BRONZE SPONSORS | $200
Atlantic Coast Cafe • Studio 12 • Sun Realty
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative • Koru Village
Kostich & O’Neal CPA • Shore Details
Water’s Edge Landscaping • Kempsville Building Materials
Inn on Pamlico Sound • OBX Spice Company, Inc.
Hatteras Harbor Marina • Avon Property Owners Assoc.
GOOD NEIGHBOR SPONSOR | $100
Hatteras Wedding Ministry • Cape Hatteras Motel
Hatteras Marlin Club • Albatross Fleet
SeaWorthy Gallery • Kim Hockenbury / Carolina Kids
Conner’s Supermarket • Michael Halminski Photography
Dinky's Waterfront Restaurant • Saltair Images Art Studio
Island Convenience • Teach's Lair Marina • Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Hatteras Harbor Marina • Marlin Catering • Hatteras Marlin Club
Stu's Donut's • Capt'n Rolos • Lee Robinson's General Story