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home > races/results > usa: massachusetts > second annual 5k4life – a 5k race accelerating the discovery of a cure for als

Second Annual 5K4LIFE – A 5K Race Accelerating the Discovery of a Cure for ALS
Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to race through the streets of Cambridge while helping a worthy cause—the search for a cure to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Posted Thursday, 14 October, 2010

It’s the perfect time of year to take a running tour of historic, beautiful Cambridge. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are looking to take your first crack at a 5K race, you’ll find all the motivation you need by participating in the 5K4Life.

The race benefits Prize4Life, an organization that is helping to speed up the discovery of a cure to ALS. The disease takes a terrible toll—stripping away all voluntary muscle control, while leaving the mind intact to witness the decay. It makes even the simplest of physical tasks impossible—let alone running.

But while 30,000 Americans with ALS can’t run on Sunday, October 24th, you can. Running for others is great inspiration not only on race day, but throughout your preparation. This is a phenomenal opportunity to light a fire beneath yourself to meet your personal fitness goals and stand in solidarity with the thousands of patients and families struggling with ALS.

This is the second year of the 5K4Life. Last year, it raised over $30,000 to help further ALS research. Most Americans know of ALS as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named for the most famous patient in the United States. Lou Gehrig, dubbed “The Iron Horse,” had a 2,130 streak of consecutive games played. For 15 seasons, there was no force on earth that could stop him from stepping on to the diamond—until he was diagnosed with ALS. He died less than two years after the onset of the disease.

He considered himself to be the “luckiest man on the face of the earth.” We should all remember for a moment how lucky we are to be able to run, and think of what we can do for those who cannot.

The Course

The course is very flat, with a few turns. Much of it is straight down Broadway and back up Harvard Street. It starts and ends in the Center of Cambridge near the intersection of Galileo Galilei Way and Binney Street. There is a map of the course available at

Awards and Amenities

The race has a convenient 11:00 a.m. start. All finishers will receive a custom-made medal at the finish line. There will be awards for the top overall finishers, the top finishers in their age groups, and the top fundraisers.

This race will be timed by Yankee Timing using the B-tag technology which insures accurate and immediate results for all comers—the first, last and all in between. There will be police details for traffic control, accurate mile markers, water stops along the course, plenty of volunteers, and food and beverages at the finish. Sign up now!

Team Challenges, Remote Virtual Runners, and Other Opportunities

Any group, friends, clubs, co-workers, or relatives, can participate as a team. Prizes will be given to the team raising the most money for ALS.

If you can’t make it to Cambridge on the 24th, you can still participate! Sign up as a remote runner on and Prize4Life will mail you race package.


Prize4Life is a non-profit organization working to accelerate the search for a cure to ALS by offering large, cash prizes for scientific breakthroughs. By offering prize money for concrete results, they help to bridge the gap between ALS research and effective treatments. Prizes bring new minds, new money, and greater public interest to bear on the disease. Prize4Life’s CEO, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 at the age of 37, believes that existing ALS resources are not enough, and that the prize model has the potential to radically alter the current landscape and lead to a cure. For more information on Prize4Life, visit them online at

Register Now

If you are looking for a running or walking challenge, and the knowledge that you have helped someone in need, then register today for the 5K4Life! For more information or to register, go to Hurry and sign up, as the first 500 runners get free t-shirts!



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