Registration is open for the seventh annual Loudoun Lyme Race, which includes a 10K, 5K and 1K family walk/fun run.
The May 7 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 $250,000. 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 3, when the fees increase by $5. Entrance to the fair is free. Learn more and register at loudounlyme.org.