On Aug. 5, the 4th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, will take place in Bethany Beach. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.
Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies, a wealth management and financial planning business in Ocean View, is the event founder.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior; the life-interfering symptoms worsen over time, and there is no cure.
“We are grateful to everyone who has helped establish this race since its inception,” said Loftus. “Our goal is to raise $20,000 again this year. If we are successful, we will have raised nearly $100,000 in our four-year history. The event funds the treatment, research and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
“I challenge runners, sponsors, volunteers, residents and visitors to help us meet, or beat, our ambitious goal. Registration for runners, teams of runners, volunteers and sponsors is open, and together we will support the work of this important charity and end the vicious disease.”
“Our sponsors are important partners in our fight against Alzheimer’s,” said Loftus. “Generous support from local businesses significantly moves the needle toward our goal. I want to thank our past and current sponsors, and encourage other businesses to join forces with us to make our race stronger and the fight against this terrible disease.
“Another fun way to participate is to create a fundraising team,” he noted. “Families and businesses can rally together to raise money!” Cash donations are fully tax-deductible.
In addition to Loftus Wealth Strategies, sponsors of the event include: 26 Salon & Spa, Artisans Bank, Baja Beach House Grill, Bank of DelMarVa, Coastal Point, County Bank, Creative Resource Group, Crowley Associates Realty Inc., D.J. Padraig, Todd & Candace Hickman & Family, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman, Long & Foster Realtors, Anne Del Vecchio Powell—Delaware & Maryland Beach Real Estate Services, Law Offices of Susan Pittard Weidman and Wilgus Associates Inc. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
The event is being produced by Focus Multisports. The fast, flat and scenic 5K features awards and a post-race party on the boardwalk with D.J. Padraig.
Participants can register at www.alzrun.com in July to guarantee a special tech shirt. Visit the Facebook page ALZRunWalk for more details and updates. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, visit alz.org/delval.