Walkers, runners and wheelchair racers are asked to join in the 5th Annual Race for Spinal Victory to be held at a new location, Wantagh High School, on April 26 at 9 a.m. Participants can choose to tackle the 5K distance at a run or a walk. Raffle prizes, including a giant flat screen TV, will also be awarded. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc. (TFSCI) and the Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center, Inc. which offers support and assistance to the victims of spinal cord injuries and their families.
"Individual pledges and corporate sponsorships are needed to help make this event a success," says Anthony Testaverde, president of TFSCI. "Last year we had an amazing response from both large corporate sponsors and local businesses. So far this year, we are delighted to have Runner's Edge, P.C. Richard & Son, Coca-Cola, Entenmann's, Mulcahy's and King Kullen on board. Runners are welcome to help us extend that list to otherrestaurants and retailers and local businesses. We also encourage participants to solicit pledges from friends and family. For every $50 in contributions, participants receive one ticket to our special raffle and can waive their entry fee. Last year's event drew more than 500 participants and we hope to double that this year."
The entry fee for participants is $20 if postmarked by March 25; $25 if postmarked by April 20, the mail-in registration deadline; or $30 on race day. Walkers/runners who are 14 years of age or younger pay a reduced entry fee of $10, $15 and $20 respectively and children's groups should call ahead for special pricing. Applications and pledge sheets can be downloaded at www.testaverdefund.org or can be obtained by contacting Race Director, Robin Waltman at 221-6162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants may check in and pick up their race numbers a day ahead at Runner's Edge, 242 Main Street in Farmingdale, on April 25 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All others must check-in and register at Wantagh High School between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on race day. The race/walk begins promptly at 9 a.m. To reach Wantagh High School, take Southern State Parkway to exit 28 (Wantagh Avenue) to Beltagh Avenue, make a right at the light after King Kullen. Post-race refreshments will be offered and a post-race Awards Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. for the 5K run/walk. Results will also be posted at www.triandduit.com. Regular raffle prizes will be presented at the ceremony and the winner of the special raffle for a flat screen TV will be drawn and announced.
"We help individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families secure assistance, information and the technological devices that can make a dramatic difference in their lives," says Anthony Testaverde. "Our organization will also continue to speak out in support of stem cell research, which is the ultimate gift we can give to individuals with spinal cord injuries."