The goal of the Heads Up 5k is to raise money for the Boston College Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephelopathy. Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE) is a brain disease very similar to Alzheimer's. CTE can be brought on by repetitive head trauma, and symptoms can begin anywhere from weeks to decades after the most recent incident. This disease has been found in many retired football players, as well as some high school football players who did not play professionally. Currently, the only method of diagnosing CTE in an individual can be performed after death. The BC lab is conducting research to find better options for diagnosis and treatment of the disease. They are also doing everything they can to prevent the disease, holding workshops with athletic people across the country.