Time for Lyme to Kick-Off Race Against Lyme 5k Walk/Run April 29 in Stamford to Raise Funds for Lyme Disease Research

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Time for Lyme's 5k Walk/Run at Cove Island Park, April 29th will kick off Connecticut Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May) and raise crucial funds for Lyme disease research.

“Not only is it important to raise awareness about Lyme prevention, but higher levels of funding are critical to developing a reliable diagnostic test and improving treatments for those who are suffering from the devastating... long term Lyme disease.

The first annual Time for Lyme “Race Against Lyme,” to raise awareness and research funds to help fight the escalating incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, will be held Sunday, April 29 at Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT.

The festive event will feature a 5K Walk/Run, a 1/4-mile Fun Run for children ages 10 and under, and a special short loop for those coping with Lyme disease. All registrants will receive a T-shirt, a two-week membership to The Edge gym, plus a goodie bag filled with fun items. The Race will be held rain or shine.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K walk/run kicking off at 9 a.m, followed shortly after by the Fun Run and special Lyme loop. Individuals can pre-register for $20 each ($25 day of event); families (up to six participants) can pre-register at a family rate of $65 ($70 on day of event). Proceeds will benefit Time for Lyme, a national non-profit that funds crucial Lyme research at institutions across the U.S. (examples at http://www.timeforlyme.org/research_projects.html)

Registered participants can help raise funds for Lyme research by forming a team and inviting friends and family to sponsor the team’s run or walk with a pledge to Time for Lyme. All registrants will be provided with a personal online fundraising page where they can post a personal appeal letter and monitor incoming donations. Registrants who fundraise will be eligible for different levels of pledge prizes, depending on the amount raised.

“We are thrilled to be launching our first ‘Race Against Lyme’ event,” said Peter Wild,
Time for Lyme’s Executive Director. “Not only is it important to raise awareness about Lyme prevention, but higher levels of funding are critical to developing a reliable diagnostic test and improving treatments for those who are suffering from the devastating effects of long term Lyme disease (sometimes referred to as chronic Lyme disease). We hope everyone comes out to support our runners or walkers and help us create a future free from Lyme.”

To register, sponsor or volunteer to help with Time for Lyme’s Race Against Lyme, visit http://www.timeforlyme.org/race.htm

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