September Stride Race to Benefit Kids with Cystic Fibrosis

The September Stride, an annual 5k (3.1 mile) run and walk benefiting children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems is scheduled for  Saturday, Sept. 15.  The race is sponsored by West Virginia University Hospitals’ Rehabilitation Services Department.

The start and finish line is in front of Ruby Memorial Hospital. The course loops around the hospital parking lots and continues along Van Voorhis and Chestnut Ridge roads. The race begins at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the September Stride benefit the Richard Rosenbaum Memorial Fund, which provides medication and equipment to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems.

Richard “Rick” Rosenbaum, who had cystic fibrosis since birth, died at age 36 in 1995. He was a dedicated advocate for children’s programs associated with WVU Hospitals. Event organizers remember Rosenbaum as not only a local businessman, but a good friend. His family is responsible for creating the fund.

The race fee is $15 for the general public and $13 for employees of WVUH, UHA and WVUH Health Sciences if postmarked by Friday, Sept. 7. After this date and on race day, the cost is $18.

The fee includes a T-shirt and a pasta dinner on Friday, Sept. 14. The pasta dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the WVU Health Sciences Center Cafeteria. Featured speaker Benjamin Moorehead, M.D., of the WVU Sports Medicine Center will discuss chronic running injuries during dinner.

Community sponsors are teaming with WVU Hospitals to provide cash and prizes to award winners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K run -- $150, first place; $100, second; and $50, third.

There will be a $100 prize for setting a new men’s or women’s course record. The current men’s record is 15 minutes, 11 seconds; women’s 17:09.

Prizes also will be awarded to the age group, heavyweight and employee winners in the 5K run, and to winners of the walk. All participants are eligible for prize drawings.

Three special kids’ races begin at 10 a.m.  Two short-distance races will take place for younger children, while older kids can participate in the 1k race.  Participation in children’s races is free. Parents must register their children on race morning.

Children may also participate in arts and crafts activities during the adult race. 

Community sponsors of the event include: BOPARC, Centra Bank, The Dominion Post, Glenmark Holding, HealthSouth MountainView Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness, Thrasher Engineering, and the WVU Sports Medicine Center.

The September Stride is part of the Morgantown Area Grand Prix. For more information, or to obtain an entry form, call (304) 598-4118.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sb: 08-22-07

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