Registration is open for sixth annual Loudoun Lyme Race, which includes a 10K, 5K and 1K family walk/fun run. This year, the program also includes a virtual race, in which participants who cannot make it on race day can log their scores and make donations.
The May 15 event is designed to raise awareness of Lyme disease prevention and money to help find a cure. To date, the Loudoun Lyme race has raised more than $190,000. Proceeds go to the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, a nonprofit offering education and support.
Organizers say Loudoun is home to the third largest number of Lyme’s cases in the nation. If left untreated, the tick-borne infection can cause severe neurological, cardiac and arthritic problems. Initial signs of Lyme disease may include a bull’s eye rash, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. The race was started Steve Gotschi, the owner of Sterling-based DryHome Roofing and Siding, after his wife and many friends battled the disease.
This year’s race will be held at the Brambleton Town Center. Onsite registration begins at 6 a.m. and races start at 8 a.m. An informational fair runs until 11 a.m.
The race entry fee is $30 for adults and $25 for children under 14 until May 11, when the fees increase by $5.
To learn more about or register, go to: loudounlyme.org.