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5K4Life Road Race in Cambridge for a Vital Cause, the Cure for ALS
Let's beat ALS! This event is all heart, just like the legendary “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to step up to a terrific race challenge in Cambridge, Massachusetts that only a team effort and a wonderful cause can deliver.

5K4Life Road Race in Cambridge for a Vital Cause, the Cure for ALS

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 22 October, 2012

The 5K4Life Road Race will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 on the flat and fast streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. What a great way to combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit Prize4Life, a non-profit organization, and its mission to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease! There is currently no known cure or effective treatment. What a terrifically interesting parallel—the connection between the challenge of running or walking this course with the challenges faced every day by individuals and families dealing with ALS.
The race to find a cure for ALS is a race we all must win, running the 5K4Life can bring us close to this goal!

ALS patients run a very different kind of race. Most patients have between two and three years to live, about 1,000 days, after diagnosis. The 5K4Life Road Race hopes to find effective treatments for ALS that will give patients and their families more than just 1,000 days. This type of competitive spirit is so necessary--necessary to defeat this dreadful, deadly adversary.

Lou Gehrig was known as the “Iron Horse” and had a 2,130-game streak of consecutive games played. He was the all-time hits leader for the New York Yankees, a record that stood for more than 70 years, until Derek Jeter broke it in 2009. Despite his legendary strength and stamina, Gehrig died of the disease that now bears his name at age 37 less than two years after his exemplary athletic career ended. If ALS can strike Lou Gehrig then it can strike anyone. Each and every runner and walker participating in the 5K4Life Road Race should be thankful that they can run freely, effortlessly, and enjoy the race. Running on race day gives hope to all those dealing daily with the debilitating effects of ALS.

Join the excitement of this special event, the Fourth Annual 5K4Life Road Race, to raise awareness and funds to finding effective treatments and a cure for ALS. If you are looking for a running or walking challenge and the chance to make the world a better place than this 5K is one race not to be missed.

Even if you cannot make it to Cambridge on November 4th, you can register as a "Remote Runner" and support the cause. You can also simply donate without running if you happen to be injured or otherwise unable to run or walk the 3.1 miles. Yes, volunteers are needed and there are many ways to help. Lastly, if you or your company is in a position to sponsor this event, the unique form of advertising and recognition you will receive is a great benefit.

The Course
This will be a very flat and enjoyable tour through the city streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts., so please check it out.

Awards and Amenities
This race has a convenient 10:00 a.m. start. Finishers will receive an attractive medal after they cross the finish line. There will also be awards for the top three finishers in each 10-year age group and the top overall female and male. Prizes will also be awarded to the top individual and group fundraisers.

Packet pick-up and race-day registration will be held from 7:00 to 9:45 a.m. on the lawn between 300 and 500 Technology Square in Kendall Square. There will be a bag check as it can get a little cool in November, as well as traffic control, accurate mile markers, a water stop along the course, plenty of volunteers, and food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the finish. Sign up now because the first 500 will get an official race long sleeve t-shirts. It’s always great to register early to get a shirt as they tend to become collectors’ items and a source of pride.

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 largest team, as well as the team and individual who raise the most funds for this cause. If you are a member of the “patientslikeme” community, your team may be eligible to receive sponsorship, team T-shirts, and a donation to Prize4Life. More information about the InMotion program can be found on the “patientslikeme’’ website.

Remote runners who are unable to attend the 5K in Cambridge, but who want to support the Prize4Life’s mission, can run remotely. As a remote runner, you can run a 5you’re your choice and still be counted as a participant of the 5K4Life Road Race. Register as a “Remote Runner” and you will receive finisher’s medal and race shirt in the mail. You can participate and contribute from anywhere in the world.

Prize4Life is a results-oriented 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the discovery of effective treatments and a cure for ALS by offering incentive prizes for significant research breakthroughs. Prize4Life was founded in 2006 by Avi Kremer and his Harvard Business School classmates after he was diagnosed with the disease during his first semester. One hundred percent of the race registration fees will go to the organization and its programs. Your participation can help make this important fundraising event a huge success.

Prize4Life enlists new ideas, new people, and new approaches. The goal is to attack this disease in part by offering tremendous financial incentives, a million dollars, to spur competition for innovation and meaningful, effective ALS research. Prize4Life uses these powerful incentives to focus the energy of distributed innovation and crowd-sourcing on the most pressing challenges faced in finding treatments and a cure for ALS.

Prize4Life rewards researchers for proven results that move the field forward regardless of their geographic location or scientific background. Research has shown that oftentimes solutions to complex problems come from unrelated fields. Prize4Life believes that it is essential to attract new minds and new ideas to ALS research, to complement existing efforts already underway. Rather than concentrating research efforts in a few specific labs, Prize4Life seeks to engage hundreds of labs from all over the world in achieving the breakthroughs needed.

In addition, Prize4Life is helping to build important ALS research infrastructure components to support both the established ALS research community and emerging ALS researchers.

For more information on Prize4Life, visit

Register Now
These potential life-saving research accomplishments can be your inspiration to meet your fitness goals. This is the perfect time to take a running tour of historic Cambridge, whether you are dedicated to this cause or just trying to stay in great running shape. You can discover your personal best as a veteran runner, or attempt to run or walk a 5K for the first time, a distance that you perhaps didn’t think possible. Running to help others or running for such a great cause adds something extra to the experience and will bolster your enthusiasm from now through race day. Running is, after all, relatively easy for you when compared to the many challenges faced by those suffering from ALS.

The first 500 to register will get a great a race t-shirt. All finishers receive lovely custom medals. Register now! Please visit the race website at to register online and to get more race details. Run with purpose. Run for those who cannot. Run for those who need hope. Run the 5K4Life Road Race and help accelerate the discovery of effective treatments and a cure for ALS.



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