The Pink Ribbon Running Club TM began on May 10th, 1998. On that day, Judy Pickett ran her first Race For The Cure in Sacramento, California, and her mission to run 100 races benefiting breast cancer was born. Since then, she has run 155 races for breast cancer in 45 states, had two recurrences, two additional surgeries, four more months of chemo, three broken toes, Achilles tendonitis, torn meniscus' in both knees and plantar fasciitis, but through it all , she has only spent one night in the hospital! To date Judy has run with over 2.4 million people and 300,000 breast cancer survivors! Her current goal is to run in all 50 states and internationally.
Judy Pickett, a middle school teacher from the Sacramento area, is literally running for her life. She is also running for the lives of survivors and victims of the leading cause of death among women ages 40 to 59 years - breast cancer.
In February of 1997, at the age of 33 and eight months after giving birth to her third child, Judy Pickett was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Her treatment included a mastectomy, eight months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. Part of her mental rehabilitation included running, an outlet that spurred a truly inspirational crusade.
In May of 1998, five months after completing chemotherapy, Pickett ran in her first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Sacramento. Although it was her first race in over two years, she finished in a respectable time and her mission was born. Shortly after, Pickett vowed to run in 100 different races benefiting breast cancer awareness and research throughout the United States.
In June of 1999, she had her first recurrence and another surgery. Two months after surgery, she ran ten races in ten weeks winning the survivor division eight times. In August of 2001, Judy had a second recurrence and was treated with surgery and an additional four months of chemotherapy. While undergoing treatment she ran three races and carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
In May 2004, Judy completed her 100th race and has now set a new goal to run in all 50 states and take her mission internationally. With 155 races under her belt, Judy Pickett has run with over 2.4 million participants, including 300,000 survivors; in 45 states.
Judy was named one of eight running “Heroes” by Runner’s World magazine for 2004. In 2010, Judy was named a "Ruby Award" winner by Soroptimist International for her philanthropy work. She was selected as the 2003 "Suzy Award" winner by the Komen Foundation for her commitment to the breast cancer cause as well as the sport of running. Judy was the 2002 recipient of the Outstanding Young Californian award for her community service work. Judy has been featured in Runner’s World, Self, Redbook, Coping, MAMM, Cure, and Sports Illustrated for Women magazines. She has appeared in a national Ford TV commercial for Race For The Cure; a RE/Max Realty breast awareness campaign; and as a running model for Road Runner Sports.