Tuesday, April 21, 2009

And we're off to the races ...

Readers have tipped me off this week about a couple of local 5Ks. These are smaller races, which mean they're less-intimidating for novices and can translate into faster starts (and finishes) for more advanced runners. Oh, and they both support good causes.

A reader recommended the GBS/CIDP 5K, which is on Saturday, May 9, at the Morrison Development at the corner of Sharon and Colony Roads. This one benefits the Guillain-Barré Syndrome/CIDP Foundation International. (GBS and CIDP are inflammatory disorders of peripheral nerves that can cause weakness and paralysis.)

The 5K run goes off at 8 a.m. (walkers start at 8:05), followed by a "Miracle Mile" event at 8:30 and a 26.2-yard kids dash. Entry fees are $20-$30 for the 5K, depending on how soon you sign up; "Miracle Mile" registration is $15, kids dash is $5.

According to the brochure, "We call this the 'Miracle Mile' because so many of us affected by GBS/CIDP thought we would never walk again, much less complete a mile! It is truly a miracle that these folks are walking – please join us in celebrating their success at the finish line! Anyone can participate in this … run, walk, skip and help celebrate other’s 'Miracles.'"

To view the full brochure, click here. To register, click here. Says the tipster: "I've run it and it's awesome. It's a great race for a personal record."

Meanwhile, the third annual Our Boys 5K -- set for Concord on Saturday, June 6 -- is a fundraiser to support the nonprofit Batten Disease Support and Research Association. (Batten Disease is a group of genetic disorders that affect children and ultimately are fatal.)

The race starts at 8 a.m. at Harris Road Middle School (1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd.). More than 150 runners participated in 2008; prizes will be awarded for age-group winners, plus there will be children's activities and a car wash (weather permitting).

Race hosts are Chris and Wendy Hawkins, whose two children both are affected by the disease. For more on Batten Disease, visit www.bdsra.org. For more on the Hawkins family, visit www.ourboysjourney.com. And to register for the race online, click here. Cost is $20 per person for the 5K, $50 for a family of four, or $10 for the 1-mile fun run.

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I'm planning to sign up for the Great Harvest Bread Co. 5K on Saturday, May 2, and am already registered for the Right Moves for Youth Twilight 5K on Friday, May 8. What's on your race calendar right now?


Chad R. said...

Also on tap in the area is the Day Care Dash in Davidson, NC on May 2nd. There's a one mile fun run and a 5k. Small race that coincides with Davidson's annual Town Day festivities. Application can be found at http://queencitytiming.com/applications/Daycare_Race_Brochure2009.pdf