2012-08-02 / Community News

Giddings Lions plan 5K/10K in Recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day

To help raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s and to recognize World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21st), the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club (GNHLC) will be hosting a charity 5K & 10K Walk/Run to benefit Alzheimer’s Research. The Brain Power Five & Dime is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:00 A.M. Race day registration and check-in starts at 7:00 A.M.

This chip-timed event will begin and end at the Giddings Municipal Golf Course. Participants will traverse the county roads in the area. The routes are mostly flat, with a couple of gentle climbs on roads that are lightly traveled by residents of the neighborhood.

Water stops will be located at strategic points along the course and will be manned by volunteers and organizations in Giddings. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.

The Brain Power Five and Dime is a family friendly race with age divisions from 12 & under to 80+. Young runners should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and top female finishers. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in the various age divisions.

Commemorative race t-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by September 10, 2012. Early registration fees are $15 - $30, and fees increase by $5 after August 15th.

The Giddings Municipal Golf Course is located at the corner of County Road 226 and County Road 227. From Highway 290 East take James Turman Road south to County Road 227.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a neurological brain disorder named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906.

According to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease. 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. This disease is the fifth leading cause of death in people 65 and older. Researchers say that 54% of the U.S. population has been touched in some way by Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, 19 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.

GNHLC President Denice Harlan said, “We are a club of approximately 80 women and within our club a number of families have been touched by Alzheimer’s. We decided we wanted to help raise awareness of the disease and assist with research to fight it.”

For more information about the race or to register, go to www.GiddingsLions.com. Participants may register online or by mailing a registration form to GNHLC, P.O. Box 531, Giddings, Texas 78942.

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