Runners Race to Fight Lyme Disease on Sunday

DryHome’s 8thannual Loudoun Lyme Race will be May 6 at Brambleton Town Center.

The event includes a 5K, 10K, and 1K family walk/fun run, educates the public on the dangers of tick-borne diseases, and raises much-needed funding to find a cure for Lyme disease. To date, the Loudoun Lyme race has raised more than $320,000 to support research and advocacy efforts.

Proceeds benefit the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from tick-borne diseases.

Steve Gotschi, the owner of Sterling-based DryHome Roofing and Siding, started the Loudoun Lyme run after watching many friends and customers battle the disease.

The event will also feature an appearance by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10); Monte Skall, executive director of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association; more than 1,000 runners and walkers of all ages—some human, some canine; and dozens of vendors and exhibitors.

Lyme disease is the number one vector-borne disease in the U.S., and affects Loudoun County more than any other county in Virginia. Loudoun is home to the third largest number of Lyme cases in the nation, as well as 22 percent of Virginia’s reported Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease cases.

Infected people often test negative for Lyme disease. If left untreated, infection can cause severe neurological, cardiac, arthritic problems and many other debilitating symptoms, as well as causing death for some. Initial signs of Lyme may include a bull’s eye rash for some people, crushing fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. Early detection and treatment is vital for a successful outcome.

Day-of sign-in begins at 6 a.m. at 22855 Brambleton Plaza in Ashburn. The race starts at 8 a.m., with the fair running until 11 a.m.

Registration is $40 adults for adult, $30 for kids. To register, visit www.LoudounLyme.org.

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