5K4LIFE – New Race, Vital and Venerable Cause

This one-of-a-kind event will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2009 on the flat, fast, intriguing streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. What a great way to combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit the Prize4Life Organization, raising money to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease! 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, for which there is no known cure—not yet. That is why they run the race! This race, the race to find a cure for ALS, is a race we all must win.

Lou Gehrig was known as the “Iron Horse” and had a 2,130-game streak of consecutive games played; and until just recently he was the all-time hits leader for the New York Yankees, a record that stood for more than 70 years. 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 it can happen to Lou Gehrig, it can happen to anyone. Each and every runner and walker in the 5K4Life should be truly thankful that they can enjoy the sport and this 5K challenge offered.

Prize4Life President, James Giessler, says, “This event has great potential to bring a diverse group of people together to help us realize a world without ALS—a world in which ALS does not keep anyone from running all the races they want!”

Join the excitement of this special inaugural event to raise money and help to finally find a cure for ALS. If you are looking for a running or walking challenge, one that will define your personal best, along with the chance to make the world a better place—this 5K4Life is one race not to be missed.

The Course
This will be a very flat and enjoyable tour through the city streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. There are very few turns on this course, with much of it straight down Broadway and returning via Harvard Street. It starts and ends in Cambridge Center near the intersection of Galileo Galilei Way and Binney Street. There is a map of the course through historic Cambridge on the Website http://www.5k4life.org,, so please check it out.

Awards and Amenities
This race has a convenient 11:00 a.m. start. There will be very attractive custom-made and uniquely-designed medals given to all finishers as they cross the finish line. There will also be awards for the top three finishers in each 10-year Age Group, with unique trophies going to the top three overall females and males.

And there will be special prizes for top individual fundraisers as well as teams (see below).

This race will be timed by Yankee Timing using the D-tag technology which insures accurate and immediate results for all comers—the first, last and all in between. Yankee Timing will also be providing a start and finish mat so that runners will get both a gun and net time. There will be traffic control, accurate mile markers, water stops along the course, plenty of volunteers, and food and beverages at the finish. Sign up now, because the first 750 will get T-shirts (always great to get a shirt from an inaugural race—they tend to become collectors’ items).

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 raising the most money for ALS. Members of the “Patients Like Me” community who form teams can receive great support, team buttons, special T-shirts, and a sense of the greater good (more information on the ”Patients Like Me” forum on their website).

The race also features the innovative “Biotech Challenge”, which will include teams from pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. These teams will be judged separately and there will also prizes in this category for the largest team and the team raising the most money for ALS.

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