Calling all New England Citizens! November 6th, 2011, Run (or Walk) the Third Annual 5K4Life Road Race and Help Cure ALS
Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to race from Kendall Square through the streets of Cambridge while supporting a worthy cause—help to catalyze new discoveries in the search for a cure to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Run or walk for Prize4Life because they cannot!
Posted Tuesday, 4 October, 2011
Register now for this special 5K race through scenic Cambridge, Massachusetts, and help Prize4Life raise much needed funds to find a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). All proceeds from this fantastic event will go directly to Prize4Life to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure for those afflicted with this terrible disease.
This 5K is the perfect race for runners of all abilities: seasoned runners can PR on this terrifically flat course; mid-level runners can practice their stride and pacing; novice runners can try their first officially timed race; and walkers are encouraged to participate and maybe get a first taste of road racing! Everyone who participates will receive custom-designed finisher's medals, and the first 600 registrants will receive a beautifully designed long sleeve race T-shirt. However, the best part of this race is being a part of such a wonderful cause: helping to bring about a cure for ALS and giving hope to all who suffer from it.
This is a great opportunity to run in Cambridge Center on streets that are normally not available for runners and walkers. It begins and ends at the intersection of Galileo Galilei Way and Binney Street, and is easily accessible on the MBTA Red Line near the Kendall Square/MIT station. For more information visit the race website at www.5K4Life.org.
About the 5K4Life Road Race
The 5K4Life Road Race started in 2009 to raise money and awareness for the Prize4Life cause. All proceeds from the 5K go to fund the Prize4Life mission of using incentive prizes to drive innovation and accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure. The 5K4Life is now in its third year and is growing rapidly to become a notable 5K race in the Cambridge/Boston area—the nation’s hotbed of running!
The race is held in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the start line is actually right outside the Prize4Life offices at Cambridge Center! This makes for an easy commute to the start via the MBTA (the “T”) – just get off at the Kendall/MIT stop and head northwest for a few blocks. The race starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, and will occur rain or shine! Packet pickup and late registration will take place from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. on the lawn at Galileo Way. But don’t wait to register—you want that long sleeve custom T-shirt, plus the registration fee goes up from $30 to $35 on race day. All proceeds from the race—plus any additional donations—will benefit Prize4Life.
Runners will start at the lawn at Galileo Galilei Way and Binney Street near Kendall Square, just north of MIT. The course runs through the flat, beautiful streets of Cambridge and features excellent police traffic control with mile markers and convenient water stops.
Runners will head southeast and make a right onto Broadway where there is an array of locally owned shops, restaurants and pleasant city parks. Runners will head northwest toward Harvard Square and make a right on Ellery Street, just before entering the busy Harvard University campus. At Harvard Street, runners bear right again for the return sprint, moving southeast through quaint Inman Square, passing eclectic shops and Victorian homes and historic buildings.
This is a traffic-controlled route with water stops and mile markers along the way. Savor the moment at the post-race festivities from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which will include food, beverages, and live music. The race will feature the B-tag technology (chip in the bib) by Yankee Timing Company and ensures accurate and immediate race results. So you may keep your race number as a souvenir as you do not have to return the chip. Everyone who completes the course will receive finishers’ medals. An awards ceremony will be held at noon. Special medals will be awarded to the top overall female and male finishers, as well as the top three in each age division—10-year age groups starting with 15-19, then 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
Race packets can be picked up on race day beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are available until 10:45; and race day registration will be open during this time. Walkers are encouraged to participate. Walkers and slower runners should finish within one hour in order to be timed. This is a fun-packed event for all ages and abilities; don’t miss out! Register Now at: http://www.active.com/running/cambridge-ma/5k4life-road-race-11-2011?int=29-6#Summary .
Prize4Life is a Cambridge-based non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments and cure for ALS by offering incentive prizes for scientific breakthroughs. By offering prize money for concrete results, Prize4Life helps bridge the gap between ALS research and effective treatments. The Prize4Life goal is to bring new minds and new ideas to yield definitive results and greater awareness of ALS.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes victims, leaving them without the ability to speak, swallow, or even move, though their mind remains completely intact. Most people with ALS will die within 2-5 years. There are roughly 30,000 patients in the USA and an estimated 600,000 globally. The disease is also unusually common among members of the armed services. In 2004 the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that showed US military veterans are 60% more likely to contract ALS than non-veterans.
Earlier this year, Prize4Life awarded the $1 million ALS Biomarker Prize for a major breakthrough in ALS research that has the potential to radically accelerate the development of drugs that could one day save the lives of thousands of people suffering from this horrible disease.
Prize4Life’s founder and CEO, Avi Kremer, was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 at age 29 in his first semester of business school. Avi and his classmates wanted to find a way to radically accelerate drug development using minimal resources, and in the shortest amount of time possible. For more information on Prize4Life and their unique prize model, visit www.prize4life.org.
Remote Runners and Volunteer Opportunities
If you can’t make it to Cambridge on November 6, you can register and participate as a Remote Runner! You will receive the official 5K4Life race T-shirt and finisher's medal and will be considered a part of the 5K4Life race family. The entry fee for remote runners is $35. You can also donate directly to Prize4Life. Donations of any size will help Prize4Life sustain and expand their work to find a cure or treatment for ALS. Donations can be made directly to http://www.prize4life.org/page/support .
If you are interested in volunteering for the 5K4Life race, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You Can Run for Those Who Can’t
If you are feeling particularly moved or energized about the fight against ALS, please join their fundraising challenge! Every dollar you raise brings the team closer to a cure for ALS! The 2011 fundraising goal is $75,000 to support ALS research. Start by setting up your fundraising page here: www.fundraise.prize4life.org. You can even fundraise as a team. Don’t forget, the top fundraiser wins Celtics tickets!
This is a wonderfully heart-warming philanthropic opportunity to give hope to those afflicted with this terrible disease. ALS is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative illness that attacks motor neurons. When motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost. Unable to function, muscles atrophy, leading to complete paralysis and causing patients to lose the ability to move, speak, swallow or breathe on their own. Throughout this process, the mind remains intact. The majority of ALS patients die within two to five years of diagnosis.
This disease makes even the simplest of physical tasks impossible, let alone running. But while 30,000 Americans with ALS can’t run on Sunday, November 6 - you can. Running for others is great inspiration not only on race day, but throughout your training. What a terrific opportunity to work toward, and reflect upon, your fitness goals as you stand in solidarity with thousands of patients and families struggling with the devastation of ALS.
Lou Gehrig considered himself to be the “luckiest man on the face of the earth.” He brought the world’s attention to this disease in 1939. In the span of 72 years since that speech at Yankee Stadium, no cure has been discovered and there is still no effective treatment for this illness with Gehrig’s famous name. We should all remember for a moment how lucky we are to be able to run and how strong we can be for those who cannot. If you are looking for a running or walking challenge, and the knowledge that you have helped someone else, then register today for the 5K4Life!
• About 5K4Life: http://www.5k4life.org/page/
• Register: http://www.5k4life.org/page/race_details
• About Prize4Life: http://www.prize4life.org/page/about
• Donate to Prize4Life: https://www.prize4life.org/page/support