The 3rd Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K is set for May 19 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. The purpose of the run is to bring awareness to and raise money for a cure for Lyme disease—the number one tick-borne illness in the United States.
The Loudoun Lyme 5K will also feature a 1-mile fun run, children’s activities, and an information fair to educate the public about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. The information fair will feature health professionals and specialists, county officials and veterinarians. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In 2009, Loudoun County led the Northern Virginia region in reported Lyme disease cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the United States has 38,000 new cases of Lyme each year. However, the disease is difficult to diagnose and the actual figure may be many times that number.
About The Event
The run is open to anyone. For those 13 years old and up, the cost is $30 until May 14 and $35 the day of the event. For children 12 and younger, the fee is $15 through May 14 and $20 on race day. All paying participants receive a T-shirt. Those 12 and younger will also receive a goodie bag.
Online registration closes May 14. Race packet pick-up is on May 17 from noon to 7 p.m. at DryHome, located at 45921 Maries Road, Suite 100, in Sterling. Event day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6 a.m.
The proceeds from the run will go to the National Capital Lyme Disease Association. The organization is committed to helping patients diagnosed with tick-borne infections through education, support, and review of public policies concerning these diseases.
The non-profit organization encourages individuals to advocate for themselves in their goal to regain their health. They offer regular patient support-group meetings throughout Virginia, information, speakers, and news updates on legislative and scientific developments.
DryHome owner Steve Gotschi has watched his wife, Reagan, combat Lyme disease. He has become acutely aware of the symptoms and the effects this disease has had on his wife and his entire family. It is Steve’s hope that the Loudoun Lyme 5K will help broaden awareness of the symptoms of Lyme, the treatment options available, and recognition of the growing number of reported cases in Virginia each year.
For more information or to register, see www.loudounlyme.org.