BENEFITING: Dysautonomia International
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2016
Kathryn DeArruda wrote -
Run along the scenic Mystic River, the 2016 POTS Walk & 5K Race will start and end at the Mystic River Bend Reservation located next to Hormel Stadium. The race is chip timed and sanctioned by USATF. Participants are welcome to join us after the race for entertainment and refreshments. Proceeds from this event will benefit Dysautonomia International in the support of POTS research. The POTS Walk and 5K Race is dedicated to the memory of Christina Tournant.
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What is POTS?
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. It is characterized by an increase in heart rate of more than 30 beats per minute upon standing. Symptoms are widely varied, but can include palpitations, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, fainting, sweating, etc. An estimated 1 million Americans suffer from POTS, primarily young women. The cause of POTS is still not understood and there is no known cure.
The registration fee is $30 per person. Registration includes a free t-shirt and goody bag for the first 500 registrants along with 6 free raffle tickets and post race refreshments and entertainment. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each on the day of the race. Please register early.
If you are walking and would like to bring young children they are more than welcome. They do not require registration and will not receive registration materials, bibs, or T-shirts.
Prizes will be presented to the top three men and women runners in the following age groups: 20 and under, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over. The top fundraising teams will also receive prizes. Our prize pool consists of Samuel Adams beer, Tower Root Beer, Keurig Coffee, Lindt Chocolate, Taza Chocolate and more.
The race will start promptly at 10am. Registration and bib pick-up will open at 8am and close at 9:30am. Look for us under the windmill behind McGlynn Middle School. Please plan to arrive early to pick up your bib.
A post race celebration including refreshments and entertainment will be provided until noon.
Transportation and Parking:
The course is accessible by T using the Wellington station. A number of buses also service the area. Plenty of free parking is available at Hormel Stadium.
This race is sanctioned by USATF. Runners are not permitted to have strollers, roller skates, skateboards, or bicycles on the race course. Walkers may have strollers but will be asked to line up at the back of the field.
To make the course more accessible to POTS patients, we will be marking off a number of shorter distances along the race course. Those that are unable to walk the entire course are encouraged to set their own goal and walk as much as they are physically able.
This race will benefit Dysautonomia International an organization devoted to funding POTS research. Please consider helping us fundraise by making a personal or team fundraising page. Prizes will be rewarded to the top fundraising teams.