Finish for Guinness, And a Good Cause
A 5K Road Race in Warren on Sept. 2 supports those suffering from Lou Gehrig Disease.
Take advantage of the chance for some late summerlike weather, supporting a good cause, an opportunity for a PR performance and, of course, a nice, cold Irish beer at the finish line.
That (and more) is offered to participants that toe to the starting line in Warren for the fourth annual Finish for a Guinness 5K on Sept. 2.
The 3.1-mile event, which drew a record field of 350 last year, follows a relatively flat, out-and-back course that ends near the Old Warren Marina. It is held to bring awareness to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease, donating a majority of its proceeds to the Christopher Stone Fund.
Stone was the husband of Amy Stone, one of five sisters who created Finish for a Guinness. After he was diagnosed with ALS in 2008, the sisters — Amy Stone, Tara Thibaudeau, Erin Kopecky, Holly DaSilveira and Shannon Cisneros — formed the race to raise money to help offset the Stone family's costly medical expenses.
Unfortunately, a year later, Christopher Stone lost his battle with the disease — one that affects more than 30,000 people nationwide. But the sisters continued with the event in support of others that are affected with ALS.
"We decided to continue it because not many people are aware of ALS," DaSilveira said. "The event brings awareness as well as raises funds both important in the fight against the disease."
The race, which raised more than $6,000 last year, offers an attractive package to potential runners. First of all, it takes place on a scenic, waterfront course in historic Warren.
"It's a nice course," said DaSilveira, an avid runner. "There are a few hills but otherwise it is relatively flat. It's a good 5K for beginners as well as seasoned runners. The race continues to grow, which tells us that people enjoy the event."
All participants are also treated to a post-race party at the Marina that features music provided by a DJ, and plenty of goodies, including chowder, pizza and food donated by Panera Bread. To quench the thirst, all registered participants (of legal age, of course) can also enjoy a free Guinness beer at the completion of their 5K journey.
"The majority of the proceeds (for the race) go to ALS in different capacities," DaSilveira said. "The remainder is used to support local community causes in need of some assistance."
The race offers a $100 cash prize to the overall male and female winners, and awards to the top three finishers in seven different age categories. The cost for the event, which includes long-sleeved T-shirts to the first 250 registrants, is $22 before Aug. 29 and $25 on race day. Participants can register online (www.active.com/running/warren-ri/finish-for-a-guiness-5k-road-race-2012) or by mail. Checks should be made out to The Christopher Stone Fund.
The course is USATF certified by Ray Nelson. Results are provided by Organization Plus. The race begins at 10 a.m.