Helping a Great Cause - Cure for ALS

Helping a Great Cause - Cure for ALS

On April 29th, focus on a Cure for ALS will be front and center during the 11th annual Fiesta 5k Challenge in Cumming, Georgia and Run’s Done is helping pave the way. 

May is ALS Awareness Month. In anticipation, Run's Done is helping raise money for the cause. For every Run’s Done Sports Towel Seat Cover sold in the month of April, $5 of the purchase will be donated to the Cure for ALS by customer request. 

About the Organization: The Cure for ALS is a nonprofit organization benefiting the Emory ALS Center and created by Forsyth County residents, Karen, Mike, Brian, and Kevin Duffy. The Fiesta 5k Challenge helps kick off ALS Awareness Month which takes place in May.

“Our first race in 2007 had 180 participants and raised $10,000. We became connected with the Emory ALS Center that first year and have raised $300,000 for Emory from this race and our annual golf tournament,” says Cure for ALS Director, Karen Duffy. “We now have teams of fundraisers and groups of runners who come out each year. We are proud of how this race has grown. It is a great blend of both the running community who gets a well-organized race and the ALS community who comes in strength to honor those living with, or who have lost their lives to the disease.”

About the Disease: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neuromuscular disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It is universally fatal, taking away the ability to move, speak, swallow, and ultimately breathe. It can strike anyone without warning and the average life expectancy after diagnosis is 2-5 years. Approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. are living with ALS; over 500 are in Georgia – 17 of those in North Fulton and Forsyth Counties. For more information about the Emory ALS Center visit www.als.emory.edu.

About the Race: The event will be held at Fowler Park, located at the corner of GA Hwy. 9 and Castleberry Rd. in Forsyth County. The course starts on the track, spills out onto the Big Creek Greenway, and then returns to the track for the finish line and fun post-race celebration. It is a flat, fast course that is perfect for serious runners or those attempting their first 5k race. It is also great for walkers, families, and is wheelchair friendly.

Entry fees for the Fiesta 5k Challenge are $25 for individuals before April 13 or $30 after April 13. 5k runners will receive a t-shirt with registration. There is a 1 Mile Fun Run that is free; $10 if Fun Run participants want a t-shirt. Awards will be presented in the 5k race to Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters Male/Female, and Top 3 in Age Groups of 5 year increments.

To register online visit www.runsignup.com/runloco4als. Onsite registration taking place at North GA Running Co. at 5456 Bethelview Rd. in Cumming. Follow the efforts on social media with #runLOCO4ALS.

Buy a Run’s Done Sports Towel Seat Cover and request $5 to be donated to the cause: For the month of April, Run’s Done will donate $5 from every Sports Towel Seat Cover sold by customer request. When purchasing your Sports Towel Seat Cover be sure to select the option from the color drop-down box that includes “(+Run's Done donates $5 of purchase to Cure for ALS).”

If you haven’t yet tried this new car seat cover, now’s your chance to help a great cause and enjoy a new running gear favorite.



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