The Indiana Parkinson Foundation realized when raising money for Parkinson’s research, proceeds were almost instantly spent. That’s why the foundation switched gears in 2011 to encourage exercise and support for those with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
One of the Indiana Parkinson Foundation’s main fundraisers, Choose to Move, is a 10K and 5K race and 1-mile fun run set for 9:30 a.m. April 13 at Witten Park, 13256 Saxony Blvd., Fishers. Indiana Parkinson Foundation Director Kim Williams said the seventh annual event is family and dog friendly.
In previous years, the event was held in September. But the foundation moved it this year because April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
“We are going to have a DJ, we are going to have drumming, we are going to have a drawing,” Williams said. “There will be sponsors there to educate people on different things they can utilize with their disease.”
A kick-off event will be held prior to each race. People with Parkinson’s will start the races by walking down a straightaway.
“Something new this year is, we know how many people give to our nonprofit, and we want to give back to our community,” Williams said. “So this year, the team with the most participants at the race will be able to name the charity of their choice, and Indiana Parkinson Foundation will give that charity $500.”
Participants can sign up as part of a team or as individuals. Registration is $20 for the fun run, $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. Williams said Indiana Parkinson Foundation will feature discounts on its Facebook page prior to the event. The fundraising goal is $45,000.
Use the discount code CURRENT for 15 percent off the ticket price. For more or to register for the race, visit indianaparkinson.org.