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ABOUT THE FLORENCE FORTH ROAD RACE * Florence Forth was started by Leslie and Will McDow who lost their daughter Florence on March 4th, 2012 after a long battle with autoimmune encephalitis. Florence was a healthy, vibrant 2 year old when the first symptoms of AE emerged. Over the next four years, the disease caused neurological complications and developmental delays. The search for a diagnosis and eventually a treatment lead us to realize the need for increased awareness, improved clinical care and expanded research.
Along with Florence’s sister Laura, the McDow’s named the race Florence Forth to commemorate the day that six-year-old Florence died – March Fourth. Inspired by “the day that is also a command,” they heard a charge to accelerate the search for a cure, provide care to affected families and form a community of collaboration and concern. It was through this command to Florence Forth that the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance was organized.
Aldersgate is starting a 'COUCH TO 5K"
JANUARY 7 AT 2:00 PM
Pastor Eric will lead an 8-week couch to 5k training program in the new year. No experience or fitness is required! Walkers are welcome, too. We will gather together for training on Sunday afternoons and possibly Tuesday early evening as well. Each week we will start with a short devotion and prayer followed by running and walking on the track or in the gym. Training plans are available for all levels of runners/walkers. For beginners, plans will begin with a combination of walking and running and will build into more running as the weeks progress. Our goal race is the Florence Forth 5k/10k on Saturday March 3, 2018. Kids are welcome under parent supervision.
RACE SIGN UP * To run in the race you must register online. Even if you don’t train with us, you are welcome to join our team and run on race day. To register for the race, the cost is $25 before January 5 increasing by $5 each month until race day. So sign up ASAP for the best deal. Also, the organizers have graciously provided us with a $5 discount code, just type “aldersgate” as the coupon code. Our team name is Aldersgate UMC. Sign up using this link:
https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/RaceGroup-424866?raceId=17636 or navigate from florenceforth.org.
CHEER US ON * If you don’t run and still want to cheer us on, we will have a special cheer section on the course. If you have friends or family running, this is a great way to support without having to run the race yourself. Let’s make a lot of noise for our Aldersgate team!
KIDS RACE: There are kids activities and a kids’ cape dash after the race, so it will be fun for the whole family.