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Inaugural Maine Nephrology Associates' 5K Walk/Run for Kidney Health
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
About This Activity
Kidney health is one of the most important, yet least-discussed, issues in healthcare today. It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease, and 26 million people already have it, although most don’t even realize it. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people annually than breast or prostate cancer. Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go unchecked until it is far advanced. Yet early kidney disease is very easy to detect with simple blood and urine tests, and is very treatable in the beginning stages. It is this message that we at Maine Nephrology Associates strive to convey to our community in the hopes of raising awareness of prevention, early intervention, and support for those suffering in the later stages.
Come out to enjoy a fantastic event for an even more fantastic cause! Maine Nephrology Associates and American Kidney Fund are partnering for our Inaugural Maine Nephrology Associates’ 5K Walk/Run for Kidney Health. The race will begin promptly at 9 am with same day registrations beginning at 8am. Preceding this race will be a 100-yard dash with Sydney the Kidney for ages 10 and under. All participants will receive a race T-shirt as a giveaway as long as they pre-register by March 18, 2016. Same day race registrants are welcome to purchase a T-shirt on race day at a low cost. All proceeds from this race will be donated to American Kidney Fund, which will in turn be given back to Maine dialysis patients who are experiencing financial difficulties.
The start and finish line will be at Edward Payson Park. This flat course follows Baxter Boulevard along picturesque Back Cove towards Vannah Avenue. Runners and walkers will turn around at 1.5 miles to return to the finish line.