Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter Takes a Hideous Fashion Idea, Runs with It: Announcing Hideous Holiday Sweater Run
Posted Monday, 30 September, 2013
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 30, 2013 — On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Mich., hundreds of men, women and children will run like it’s going out of style.
The Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter today announced its first-ever Hideous Holiday Sweater Run, a 5K or one-mile run/walk, where tacky will trump taste for a good cause. The event, taking place at Kensington Metropark located at 2240 W. Buno Road, kicks-off at 9 a.m.
“Kensington Metropark is a beautiful place for a run…usually,” said Laura Dyas, executive director for the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter. “But on the morning of November 9th, it will be truly hideous, as hundreds of participants arrive in their tackiest holiday knitwear imaginable for our inaugural Hideous Holiday Sweater Run.”
Early registration for the Hideous Holiday Sweater Run is $25 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter. After Oct. 9, 2013, registration fees increase to $35. Interested participants can register online now through Nov. 8, 2013 at www.hideousholidaysweaterrun.com. On-site registration also will be available for $40 per person beginning at 8 a.m. on race day. The first 500 registrants will receive a free long-sleeved t-shirt. At the Run, prizes will be given for the most heinous sweater, as well as to the top three finishers of each race distance.
Additionally, seasonal festivities will be in full swing at the Hideous Holiday Sweater Run, as participants are treated to tasty microbrew samples from Witch’s Hat Brewing Company, along with cookies, candies, carolers and more.
The Hideous Holiday Sweater Run is an awareness-building and fundraising event for the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter. Scleroderma is a crippling autoimmune disorder characterized by a thickening and hardening of the skin that is so severe, it steals away the use of patients’ fingers, hands and limbs. As it advances across their bodies, the uncontrolled growth of fibrous tissue also can damage patients’ hearts, lungs and other organs, often leading to a prolonged and painful death. There is no known cause or cure for the disease.
The Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter is part of the largest patient-based organization in the U.S. dedicated to providing the support, advocacy and research necessary to provide counsel for patients, and ultimately help discover a cure.
About Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter
As part of the largest patient-based organization in the U.S., the Michigan Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation is dedicated to providing the support, advocacy and research necessary to provide counsel and ultimately help discover a cure for the disease. The organization raises donations through special events and annual giving programs. The operating revenue is used to provide patient outreach and education through nine support groups and statewide seminars, as well as support for national advocacy and research projects.