17th annual September Stride is Sept. 26

Proceeds benefit Richard Rosenbaum Memorial Fund

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 17th annual September Stride – a 5K run and walk – is Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., sponsored by West Virginia University Hospitals’ Rehabilitation Services Department.

September Stride benefits the Richard Rosenbaum Memorial fund, which provides medication and equipment to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems.

The 5K 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.

Throughout the morning, kids will be able to participate in arts-and-crafts activities and races. Kids must be at least 1 year old to participate in the activities.

The race fee is $15 for the public and $13 for employees of WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates and the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center if signed up by Friday (Sept. 18). After early registration and on race day, the cost is $18 for all participants.

WVU students can earn two hours of volunteer credit by participating in the race. Volunteer hour credit forms will be available at the registration table on race day.

The fee includes a T-shirt and a pasta dinner on Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center cafeteria.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. There will also be a $100 cash prize for setting a new men’s or women’s course record.

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

Richard “Rick” Rosenbaum was treated for cystic fibrosis at WVU since birth and died at age 36.  Event organizers remember Rosenbaum as not only a local businessman but also a good friend. His family is responsible for creating the fund as well as the Rosenbaum Family House, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVUH.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Rosenbaum Memorial Fund, contact WVU Hospitals’ Rehabilitation Services Department at 304-598-4118.

To learn more about the Rosenbaum Family House, or to make a donation, see http://www.health.wvu.edu/rosenbaum/.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
EL: 08-31-09

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