Ocean City Today

Lyme Disease Awareness 5K run and walk slated for Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | May 10, 2018

(May 11, 2018) The third annual Lyme Disease Awareness 5K run and walk will take place on the Boardwalk this Saturday.

“Participants and supporters will get free information about prevention and identification of tick-related illnesses,” said organizer Angela Burke. “Ocean City’s Boardwalk is the best place on the planet to run or walk in a 5K. The gorgeous view and moderate temperatures are unmatched.”

The event was cancelled in 2017 because of a storm and organizers expect a decent crowd this year with forecasts “expected to be absolutely spectacular for a morning run or walk by the ocean.” A couple hundred people participated in the inaugural event in 2016.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. where interested runners and walkers can sign up for $35, which includes a race bib for timing, Lyme disease prevention information, and a post-race party at the Cork Bar on Wicomico Street.

In addition, the first 200 participants will also receive a long sleeve commemorative T-shirt.

“Besides a 5K run and walk you can enjoy all the shopping, food and games on the Boardwalk after the event,” Burke said. “May is a wonderful time to be on Ocean City’s Boardwalk.”

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the inlet parking lot, where participants will head north on the Boardwalk and turn around between 15th and 16th streets before returning to the finish line at the inlet.

There will be an awards ceremony immediately following the race with cash prizes going to the fastest male and female. A number of age-group winners will also receive medals.

A post-race party will take place at the Cork Bar with silent and Chinese auction items.

In 2016, Burke formed the nonprofit organization, “Fight the Bite,” which raises awareness through a website and collects funds to utilize billboards in the area.

“This event is special in that all proceeds benefit ‘Fight the Bite,’ a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to educating the public about preventing tick-related illnesses,” Burke said. “We work closely with the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva, which provides support groups and educational materials to the community.”

Money raised during the event helped to rent ad space on the Ocean City transit system, which provides prevention information, Burke said.

“We are very motivated to get the word out about protecting yourself, your children and pets from tick bites,” she said.

For more information, visit FightTheBiteOC.org, search “Fight the Bite Lyme Awareness 5K” on Facebook or email Burke at fightthebiteoc@gmail.com.

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