5K Run/Walk to benefit foundation for American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project

5KChiariMalformation_09-27-14Marshall University’s Army ROTC program is helping to sponsor a 5K run/walk event Saturday, Sept. 27, to assist those with Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders. It will take place beginning at 8 a.m. at Ritter Park.

Chiari malformation is an abnormality in the lower part of the brain and is often congenital. Syringomeyelia is a chronic spinal cord disorder in which fluid enters the interior of the spinal cord, causing damage. It is often related to Chiari malformation.

“We hope this event will help raise awareness about these conditions,” said Angela Holley, who is one of the organizers of the event. “Everyone is invited to participate, and we will host various other activities in order to make it fun for the whole family.”

Early registration for the event is available for $20 and will continue until Thursday, Sept. 25. After that date, registration will cost $25. Registration is available online at www.tristateracer.com.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, which is a foundation dedicated to research, education and support regarding these conditions. Its website is at www.asap.org.

The event will begin at the shelter in Ritter Park and proceed west through the park to North Blvd., then  continue west on North Blvd. to W. 5th St. , north to W. 11th Ave., west to W. 7th St., east on Memorial Blvd./North Blvd., and finish back at the shelter.

For further information, contact Holley at 304-638-3432 or by e-mail at holley1@marshall.edu.