Race directors Barrie Peterson and Bill Harris have announced that the 8th Annual Rotary Walk/Run 5K to eradicate polio is scheduled for August 20, 2016 at Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road, boat ramp.
The race begins at 8:30am with race day registration beginning at 7am. Pre-race registration can be done online www.getmeregistered.com or by mail-in forms available at Three Rivers Running Company and Fleet Feet Sports. Registration fee is $25 until August 17 and $30 thereafter.
All net proceeds go to Rotary International to combat the disease.
In addition, there is a one-mile Fun Run for youngsters beginning at 8am.
There will be music, food and door prizes. Awards will begin at 9:30am, with commemorative plaques given to Over-All Male and Female winners, Masters and the top three (3) in each age group. The oldest participant will also receive a plaque.
While polio is a disease of the past in the United States (the last reported case was in 1979) due to Sabin and Salk vaccines, Polio remains a problem in Pakistan and Afghanistan, although cases have been greatly reduced in recent years through the efforts of Rotary International, The Gates Foundation and WHO. There is no effective treatment once the disease is contracted, destroying nerve cells which results in irreversible loss of muscle fibers supplied by those nerves.
Nigeria has celebrated two years without a case of wild polio virus, making Africa wholly polio free. Polio maims, cripples and sometimes kills.
We are close to eliminating Polio, very close.
Do your part and join your waiting shoes to help stamp out polio, this crippler of children and young adults.
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