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FITNESS: Stroll, roll or run for good cause

March 4, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated March 3, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.


The fourth annual Stroll, Roll 'n' Run for ALS will take place Sunday at Riverside Park.

Last year's event drew approximately 250 participants and raised more than $25,000 for the fight against ALS.

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. It is a devastating disease that results in cell and muscle wasting and ultimate loss of control of all normal muscle functions, including respiration.

All monies raised last year went to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a research-only organization seeking a cure and/or treatment for the disease (als.net).

The event was started four years ago by Pastor Bill Hassel, former pastor at First English Lutheran Church and who also has been stricken with ALS.

This year's event hopes to attract even more participants and raise more money for the fight against ALS.

There will be open registration starting at 9 a.m. in the special events area of Riverside Park, followed by devotional time at 11:45 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., food will be served for anyone wanting to eat, and that will continue until the conclusion of the day's events.

The 5K (3.1 mile run) will begin at noon and the 5K "strollers" (walkers) will begin at 12:15 p.m. There will be a kid's fun run held at 1 p.m.

Although not a chip-timed event, there will be timing available and prizes given to first place male and female in each age category, as well as finisher ribbons to all participants in the kid's fun run.

There will also be a silent auction held that day.

Registration fees for the 5K run or walk is $25, and registration includes your event entry, a T-shirt, goody bag, a meal and drink. The kid's fun run is $10. For more information on the event, you can visit the event website at strollrollnrun.com.

An event of this sort presents itself with a unique opportunity to draw the community together in a day of fitness and fun while money is raised to fight this devastating disease that can strike at any age.

The hope is that this family event will encourage people to run for those who can't anymore, roll (wheelchair) for those who can't anymore and stroll (walk) for those who can't anymore due to the effects of ALS.

I hope to see all of you at the start line to stroll, roll or run to raise money for a great cause.

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