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Run Against ALS 5K

Sunday August 29th, 2021

Mountain Lakes, NJ

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Help support those stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) while participating in a fun, interactive live or virtual race and get into shape for the summer training for the event!


 


Please join us for a live (in person) or virtual 5K on August 29th, 2021. It will be possible to switch your registration between the live and virtual race through 8/15/21, so don't wait to sign up! If you need help transferring registration between races, click here.


 


Run Against ALS is a volunteer nonprofit organization.  Our Mission is to provide relief, serve, and empower individuals affected by ALS to positively impact their quality of life by creating public awareness of the disease and fundraising. We aim to raise funds to support those stricken by the disease, organizations that provide equipment and other essential items for those with ALS, and institutions that are conducting essential ALS research.


 


                                                RACE WEEKEND INFO



Keep checking this page as changes may occur.


Race Day


Rain or Shine as long as no lightening


Parking - Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes High School Side Parking Lot, Wildwood Elementary School


- Parking at the the middle school will likely be full around 730 AM as it is very limited. There is a 5 to 10 minute walk from other parking lots. Please plan accordingly.


PLEASE PARK BY 8:30 AM AT THE LATEST


Bathrooms - There will be access to bathrooms at Briarcliff Middle School


Packet pick up at race site - 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM 


 IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR THE RACE BY 8/10/2021, WE WILL HAVE YOUR RACE T-SHIRT AT THE RACE AND WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE AT PACKET PICK UP. WE HAVE ORDERED A LOT OF EXTRA T-SHIRTS. IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP AFTER 8/10/21, GO TO THE CHECK IN AREA AFTER THE RACE AND SEE IF WE HAVE A SHIRT IN YOUR SIZE. WE SHOULD. WE WILL BE EMAILING OUT TO VIRTUAL RUNNERS A COUPON CODE TO USE AT OUR ONLINE STORE WHERE YOU CAN ORDER A SHIRT AND HAVE IT MAILED TO YOU FOR $5. WE WILL PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO THE RUNNERS AT THE RACE IN CASE WE DON'T HAVE A SHIRT IN YOUR SIZE. 


Warm up  - 8:45 AM


Race starts  - 9:00 AM


Small award ceremony following race:


Top 3 Male and Female Overall


Top 3 Male and Female - 15 and under, 16-30 yo, 31-45 yo, 46-60 yo, 61 and over


 


 


Other Race Info


 


What is a virtual race?


A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, or on a track. You can even get creative and think of a unique place to run your race to share with us! You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. 


 


Can I post about the race or do a facebook live?


Yes, we encourage all participants to post with your ALS shirt to provide awareness about ALS and Run Against ALS. 


 


Do I have to start my virtual race at 9:00 AM on August 29th?


No, you don't have to start right at 9:00 AM, in fact you can do your race anytime on August 29th before 6PM. Although, It is fun to know that you are part of a race at the same time anywhere in the world!


 


How do I get my awesome Run Against ALS 5K race shirt if I am doing a virtual race or if I sign up only a couple of days before the race?


Don't worry, we will get you a special coupon code to use at our online store. You will just have to pay for shipping.


 


Can I walk or push a stroller?


Yes, just start at the back of the race in the last wave of runners/walkers and enjoy the beautiful scenery.


 


Volunteers 
We need Volunteers! If you aren't running but would like to help out on race day between the hours of 8am-11am, please email us at [email protected] (must be 15 years old or older or accompanied by an adult)


 


                                                                                                     COVID-19 INFO


Safety is paramount for all involved in the Run Against ALS 5K. We will follow CDC guidelines with regards to COVID 19 before, during and after the race.


Participants are encouraged to leave 6 feet between each other at all times.


Registration tables will be 6 feet apart.


Hand sanitizer available throughout the course and race site.


Participants will be lined up in waves according to race pace. Look for the sign with your average minute per mile and start in this wave.                                 


There will be no on course fluids or nutrition. Fluids and food will be available after the race at the finish.


 


Participant Best Practices: 


Don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.
Don't share fluids. This is a self-supported race; carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.
Don't share towels, food, gels, or any other item that runners normally share freely.
Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using restroom.
Do not spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race.
Do practice social distancing - ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six feet of separation.


 


What is ALS?


 


ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects cells in the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness of muscles and eventual death.


 


Why is it important to support this race?


There is no cure for ALS. Critical research is needed to find treatments that extend individuals' lives with this disease. The life expectancy for individuals diagnosed with ALS is on average 2 to 5 years. Also, there is significant cost associated with this disease. One study found that the total disease duration cost of having ALS was $1.4 million. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25245119/


 


 


Proceeds from this race will help support individuals with ALS and research for the treatment of ALS:


Read about Brian's story 


Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS)


Massachusetts General Hospital


 


Learn more about Run Against ALS on our website.


 


Questions? Email us at [email protected]


 


 


 

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Start Location

Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes, NJ

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