Prostate cancer awareness doesn't garner the sort of attention it should and is occasionally—excuse the pun—the butt of jokes. But it's no laughing matter. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Ryan Canning, executive director of the Main Street Mile.
Canning said the event's focus is on getting the word out. "We're trying to up awareness. About as many men get prostate cancer as women get breast cancer," Canning said. "We're encouraging men to take better care of their health."
The ninth annual Main Street Mile will take place Friday, June 22, and draws battalions of Boiseans to downtown for a day of fun and awareness. There's an event for most everyone—the Meadow Gold Children's Half Miler features an ice cream truck hounded by children.
But the lactose intolerant can also select from a slew of different runs. The Boise Weekly Mascot Run features a cast of kooky characters, and the Boise Legacy Constructors Foundation Mayor's Mile for Everyone is a non-competitive run/walk/stroll alongside Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. The 94.9 FM the River Beauty and the Beast Mile is for the 40-and-older set, the 100.3 FM The X First Responder Team Challenge is for police, fire, military and emergency medical personnel, companies can engage in team building sans the cheesy activities with the Idaho Power Team Mile Challenge, fifth- through 12th-graders can compete in the Bandanna Running Prep Mile Showdown and the "king and queen of the streets" will be determined with the KeyBank Men's and Women's Open Mile.
The Boise Hawks will rock special jerseys at every Friday home game as part of the "Batting for Men's Health" campaign. Info on how you can score one is available at the Hawks' and MSM websites. Proceeds from MSM are used to fund awareness, outreach programs and free screenings. Visit bemanenough.org for more info.