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The 9th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk for Huntington’s Disease Research Held Saturday, April 12

March 19, 2014. The 9th annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk for Huntington’s Disease will be held Saturday, April 12 at the Boone Greenway. The event is sponsored by students in Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the 5K event will support the research on treatment and cures for Huntington’s disease. 

F.A.R.M. Cafe is sponsoring an early packet pickup and a pre-race pasta dinner Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at 167 West King St. The meal includes pasta with or without meat, side salad, dessert and a drink. This is a “pay as you can” donation event to contribute to the Tom Moore 5K event as well as help F.A.R.M. Cafe in its mission to build community and eliminate hunger in the High Country. 

Additionally, Come Back Shack will donate 25 percent of all proceeds from Monday, March 31. This event will be going on throughout their business hours, but they ask that patrons inform their server that they would like part of their bill to be donated to the Tom Moore 5K for Huntington’s. 

For more information or to register, go to www.5k.appstate.edu. Early registration by April 9 costs $20. Registration the day of the event is $25. Each participant will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt on a first-come first served basis. Refreshments and fun activities will be available after the race along with a record of running times. Each registered participant will be entered for great door prizes. You must be present to win.

Tom Moore, a former director of Resort Area Ministry (RAM’s Rack, Etc.) and local resident was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease more than 10 years ago. Huntington’s is a hereditary, degenerative disease that slowly diminishes the patient’s ability to think, walk and function normally. Although treatments have been developed that lessen certain symptoms, currently there is no cure for Huntington’s. 

In hopes of finding that cure, Moore joined with the recreation management program nine years ago to organize the event to raise awareness and funds for research.

In the past nine years, the Tom Moore 5K has grown into a successful event which incorporates the entire Boone community. It has raised more than $20,000 for research.