Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 4

On Aug. 4, the 5th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, is planned. The 5K run/walk will benefit the work of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter in Sussex County.

Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies in Ocean View is the event’s founder.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior; the life-interfering symptoms worsen over time and there is no cure.

“We are grateful to everyone who has helped establish this race since its inception and so happy to be celebrating our fifth anniversary this summer,” said Loftus. “Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year — $5,000 more than last year, in honor of the fifth year. If we are successful, we will have raised nearly $150,000 in five years.

“Our race funds the treatment, research and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their caregivers,” he noted. “I challenge runners, sponsors, volunteers, residents and visitors, to help us meet, or beat, our ambitious goal. Registration for runners, teams of runners, volunteers and sponsors is open, and together, we will support the Alzheimer’s Association and end the vicious disease.”

“Our sponsors are important partners in our fight against Alzheimer’s.” said Loftus. “Generous support from local businesses moves the needle toward our goal. I want to thank our past and current sponsors, and encourage other businesses to join forces with us to make our race stronger. Together, we will beat this terrible disease.”

Another way to participate is to create a fundraising team. Families and businesses can rally together to raise money. New this year, the top fundraiser will be honored by receiving the No. 1 race bib. Cash donations are fully tax-deductible.

In addition to Loftus Wealth Strategies, current sponsors are: 26 Salon & Spa, Artisans Bank, Baja Beach House Grill, Bank of DelMarVa, Coastal Point, County Bank, Creative Resource Group, Crowley Associates Realty, Inc., DJ Padraig, Todd and Candace Hickman & Family, Home Instead Senior Care, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman, Long & Foster Realtors, Anne Del Vecchio Powell—Delaware & Maryland Beach Real Estate Services, Law Offices of Susan Pittard Weidman and Wilgus Associates Inc. Additional opportunities are available.

Produced by local company Focus Multisports, the fast, flat and scenic 5K features awards, and a post-race party on the boardwalk with DJ Padraig.

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