PARKINSON’S RUN/WALK RACE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24
Bismarck, ND – The 11th Annual Race for Parkinson’s is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at Sertoma Park. The walk/run features five races so people of all physical skill levels can participate. Registration for the competitive 5K and 10K runs begins at 9:00 am; 5K walk, 9:20 am; adult/family 1 mile walk, 9:30 am; and the 1 mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9:45 am.
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder. Its symptoms include: shaking, difficulty walking, muscle rigidity, impaired balance, loss of automatic movements and cognitive impairment. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, medications, specialized exercise programs and therapy may improve symptoms.
“Funds for this event stay local. They provide therapeutic treatment for those facing the debilitating disease of Parkinson’s and support for their families as well. The Bismarck Parkinson’s support group offers assistance, companionship and resources to all those in our area navigating this incredible challenge. We host educational events, speakers, and provide emotional support, ” says race event co-coordinator, Bill Willis. “Programs involving exercise, nutrition, and various forms of therapy are critical to the wellness of those with Parkinson’s.”
David Hagler, 10k race participant says, “I run this race every year in honor of my father-in-law. Every spring I look forward to getting together with my running friends to show support for the amazing Parkinson’s families. They inspire us to seize the moment!”
Register online at www.bismarckparkinsons.wordpress.com. Early registration is $30; day of race, $35; and Kids Fun Run, $15. Registration confirmations received by April 9 receive a race day shirt. Check-in/Bib pick-up is 8-9:15 am at the Sertoma Community Shelter.
Volunteer opportunities for race day assistance are still available (i.e, direct traffic, water stations, check in, handing out t-shirts, etc.). This is a perfect opportunity for youth or groups looking for service to community hours. Those interested should contact race co-chair, Bill Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.