TAKE 5: 5K 'Race to Remember' added to annual Alzheimer's Walk

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack and Melanie Rodgers of The Enrichment Center of Lee County about this year’s Alzheimer's Walk, scheduled for Oct. 19 at Kiwanis Family Park in Sanford. Womack serves as a caregiver advisor for the center, while Rogers is the organization's administrative and marketing specialist.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear after age 60. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression.

What is the Alzheimer's Walk?

The Alzheimer's Walk unites the entire community — family, friends, coworkers, social and religious groups and more — in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. The Alzheimer's Walk is all about raising awareness and raising funds. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease.

Is there a fee to take part?

While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Any walker who raises $50 will receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to the team raising the most funds, the individual raising the most funds and the largest team. All funds raised stay in North Carolina and do help citizens of Sanford/ Lee County. The walk is held at the Kiwanis Family Park with registration at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 9:45 a.m., and the walk starts at 10. The Alzheimer's walk is an all-age, all-ability, family-friendly, pet-friendly event.

What is new about the walk this year?

We have added a 5K “Race to Remember,” with registration at 7:30 a.m. and a start time of 8:30 a.m. We will meet at Kiwanis Family Park and run on Sanford’s greenway. T-shirts and medals will be given to the top male and female in the following age groups: ages 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up.  There is a fee of $25. You can pick up registration forms at Sanford Nautilus, Carolina Women's Fitness Center and The Enrichment Center. A prize ceremony will follow immediately after results are tabulated.

Are there sponsorship opportunities for the events?

Yes, our sponsors really get double exposure this year with the walk and the 5K. The following sponsors appear on all the promotional materials, as well as the shirts: Gold – Pfizer, Baptist Chapel Church, The Enrichment Center of Lee County, WLHC-FM Life 103.1, WWGP-AM1050/WFJA Classic Hits 105.5. Silver – Ammons Chiropractic Clinic, R&N Motor Company, Moen, Westfield Rehabilitation and Health Center, Liberty Commons, John-Beverly Printers, St. Joseph of the Pines. Bronze – First Bank, Central Carolina Hospital, Community Home Care & Hospice, Sanford Health & Rehabilitation, UNC Sanford Specialty Clinics, Liberty Home Care & Hospice. Patrons – BB&T, Quality Home HealthCare and Central Electric Membership Corporation. Our sponsors increase their company's visibility in the community while supporting a great cause.

If you have questions, need 5K registration forms or other materials, contact Judi Womack, (919) 776-0501, ext. 2230. The Enrichment Center is a Certified Senior Center of Excellence and is located at 1615 S. Third St. in Sanford.