Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 21, 2014
Come support the 400,000 individuals in Colorado living with some type of lung disease. On Sunday, October 12th, thousands will participate in the American Lung Association in Colorado 8th annual Run the ‘Rocks 5K run/walk at Red Rocks Park to benefit the programs and services of the American Lung Association in Colorado.
Amongst those participants will be Team Keith’s Kids, lead by Keith’s daughters Christina and Jeanette, running to honor their father Keith who lost his hard fought battle with lung disease in October 2012. Christina and Jeanette participated in their first 5k at Red Rocks in October 2013, almost exactly one year after Keith's passing, and they have decided to make it an annual event. Keith suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a disease marked by irreversible scarring of the tissue inside and between the air sacs in the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis is one of a family of related diseases called interstitial lung diseases. Christina and Jeanette look forward to participating in this and other future events benefitting the important research and programs of the American Lung Association in Colorado.
As the only event of its kind at Red Rocks Park, Run the ‘Rocks will welcome participants to walk or run through the scenic mountain park with a finale of climbing the amphitheater stairs to reach the finish line. During the race, runners will be cheered on and encouraged by six unique local bands throughout the course. At the culmination of the run/walk, participants will enjoy a wide variety of exhibitors, treats and entertainment on the plaza. The 5K run/walk will support the critical programs of the American Lung Association in Colorado, such as Champ Camp, Colorado’s only camp for kids with asthma; Not-On-Tobacco, Colorado’s only teen smoking cessation program; support groups for people with lung disease; an anti-idling program at schools; and life-saving lung health research.. This year’s event anticipates it will have more than 2,500 participants and raise $200,000 to support programs and services in Colorado.
WHAT: One breath and one step at a time, on October 12th, 2014 the American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC) and an anticipated 2,500 Coloradans will run/walk through Red Rocks Park to take steps in our fight to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. While the park has been visited by many, the American Lung Association in Colorado’s Run the ‘Rocks 5K offers a course that few have had the opportunity to experience as it is the only event of its kind at Red Rocks Park.
Participants as teams or individuals will walk or run through the scenic mountain park on October 12th and finish by climbing the famous amphitheater stairs. During the race, runners will be encouraged by six unique local bands. At the culmination of the run/walk, participants will enjoy a wide variety of exhibitors and entertainment on the plaza. The 5K run/walk will support the critical programs of the American Lung Association in Colorado. This year’s event anticipates it will raise $220,000 to support programs and services in Colorado.
WHEN: Sunday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. run/walk begins - with exhibits
WHERE: Red Rocks Park (Race begins in the Upper North Parking Lot)
COST: $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under and $45 day of the event. All participants are encouraged to set a fundraising minimum of $50 in order to earn a signature Run the ‘Rocks 5K shirt.
WHY: As the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Lung Association in Colorado works day in and day out to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Tobacco use kills more people than alcohol, drugs, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined. The air we breathe, indoors and out, has a profound impact on our lung health without many of us even knowing it. There are more than 100,000 children in Colorado living with asthma and more than one in four Colorado families are affected by the disease. Breathing is something many don’t think about often but for more than 30 million Americans, every breath is a struggle due to lung disease. The American Lung Association in Colorado offers a wide variety of programs to address all lung health issues and improve the health of all Coloradans.
WHO: Run, walk or crawl. All are welcome at the 8th annual Run the ‘Rocks 5K. This unique 5K run/walk is the ideal way to spend a Sunday with the family.
VIDEO FEATURING THE EVENT: http://vimeo.com/74137815
About American Lung Association in Colorado
For 100 years, the American Lung Association in Colorado has been the lead organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association in Colorado funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association in Colorado is “Fighting for Air.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to http://www.lungcolorado.org.