Registration is open for DryHome’s 9th Annual FinishLyme (formerly LoudounLyme), which includes a 5K and 1K family walk/fun run. The May 2019 event educates the public on the dangers of tick-borne diseases and raises much needed funding to find a cure for Lyme disease, the number one vector-borne disease in the U.S., affecting Virginia more than most other states. The FinishLyme race also features an informational fair to educate the public about the disease, its causes, and treatments. To date, FinishLyme has raised more than $419,000 to support research and advocacy efforts.
Sunday, May 19, 2019. Race starts at 8am, registration at 6:45am. Fair runs until 11am.
4100 Monument Corner Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
More than 400,000 cases of Lyme disease get diagnosed each year nationally. Virginia is one of the top 10 Lyme disease states. Infected people often test negative for Lyme disease, because current testing is unreliable. If left untreated, infection can cause severe neurological, cardiac, arthritic problems and many other debilitating symptoms, as well as causing death for some. Initial signs of Lyme disease may include a bull’s eye rash for some people, crushing fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. Early detection and treatment is vital for a successful outcome. That’s why Steve Gotschi, the owner of Sterling-based DryHome Roofing and Siding, started the FinishLyme run after watching a family member, friends and customers battle the disease.
The race is $35 for adults/$25 for children under 14. After May 16, registration is $40/$30. Proceeds benefit the National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NatCapLyme), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from tick-borne diseases. NatCapLyme uses the proceeds from the race to fund crucial research, educate the public on the dangers of tick-borne diseases, and get legislation passed in states to help those suffering and much more. Along with the race, DryHome’s FinishLyme race will have an informational fair with booths from local businesses, the medical community and vendors. To learn more or register, visit: www.FinishLyme.org.