Sunday’s rain held off long enough to draw more than 1,000 runners and walkers to Brambleton Town Center for DryHome’s Loudoun Lyme 5K/10K/1K.
The event, now in its eighth year, raises money for 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.
Race Director Lesley Green worked to get runners excited before the 8 a.m. start. She recognized people who had taken part in the run for multiple years and gave a special shout out to those who have participated in the Loudoun Lyme run since its beginning.
“Thank you for running all eight years,” Green said. “That’s dedication.”
The event included a health and wellness fair, featuring booths and giveaways from local nonprofits and businesses.