8th Annual Race for Adam comes to Allentown

May 3, 2013 by  

This year’s ‘Race For Adam’ will take place tomorrow in Allentown, along the Lehigh Parkway, featuring short hills and plenty of scenery.

The race itself is limited to 425 participants, though the day’s activities will include plenty of other events for those not running or walking. Throughout the day, there will be activities for children, a basket raffle, and live music from musician Scott Marshall. Free food and drink will also be available.

In the summer of 2005, parents Sean and Amy Recke received the news that their son, Adam, had Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NP-C) – a rare genetic disorder for which there is currently no known cure.

The couple founded the Race for Adam Foundation, which raises money to fund research into treatment and ultimately a cure for NP-C and other neurodegenerative disorders. One way the Foundation raises money is through an annual 5K Walk/Run for the Cure.

The race could benefit from support from Allentown print companies. Printers can produce the badges worn by the runners and walkers as well as the banners at the start and end of the race.

The annual run/walk raises money for the Foundation through pledges accepted by runners and through a registration fee. This year’s registration fee was $20 for walkers and $25 for runners. Pledges were due to the Foundation by April 25, 2013 and the person who raised the most money this year was awarded a $100 Visa Check Card. Though it is now too late to register, it should be well worth going along to watch.