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2013-09-12 / Community News

Giddings Lions Plan 2nd Annual 5K/ 10K to benefit Alzheimer’s Research

Recognize World Alzheimer’s Day


Pictured above is the start of last year’s 1st Annual 5K/10K Alzheimer’s Run organized by the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club. 
PHOTO BY DANA LEHMANN. Pictured above is the start of last year’s 1st Annual 5K/10K Alzheimer’s Run organized by the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club. PHOTO BY DANA LEHMANN. To raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s and to recognize WorldAlzheimer’s Day (September 21st), the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club (GNHLC) will be hosting their 2nd Annual 5K & 10K Walk/Run to benefit Alzheimer’s Research. This year’s Brain Power Five & Dime is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8:00 A.M. Race day registration and checkin start at 7:00 A.M.

This chip-timed event will begin and end at the Giddings Municipal Golf Course, 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.

Participants will traverse the county roads around the golf course. The 5 and 10K routes are mostly flat and lightly traveled by residents of the neighborhood. Power 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 Sunday, September 15, 2013. Complete registration details are available online at www/ GiddingsLions.com.

Lions raised over $5,000 at last year’s event. The funds were donated to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. The Fischer Center focuses on research while maintaining very low administrative costs.

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, 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.

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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