Radcliffe Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

The Radcliffe heavyweight crew participated in Boston’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event Sunday. Members of the team ran 5.75 miles, and raised over $2000 for the cause. The event took place along the Charles River Basin, starting at the Hatch Shell. It drew 40,000 participants and raised over $3 million dollars for breast cancer research.  

“It was a great event,” said assistant coach Cory Bosworth.  “It’s important to realize that as a team, we can be about more than just rowing. Doing good for such an important cause puts a lot of things into perspective for the athletes. In the end, we are pretty lucky to have the opportunity to do what we do every day.”   

The team was inspired to support this cause after the Yale women’s rowing team began the “Laces for Lana” campaign last year.  Lana Ritzel, the mother of two Yale oarswomen, Taylor Ritzel ‘10 and McLane Ritzel ‘14, passed away due to breast cancer. The Yale team now sells hot pink shoe laces, donating the proceeds to breast cancer research. The Radcliffe women now proudly wear these hot pink laces. To purchase your own hot pink shoe laces, visit: