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KILLINGTON'S IDIC 5K RACE EXPANDS TO OFFER 15K EVENT
KILLINGTON, VT - The IDIC 15 Run/Walk and Killington Office of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) and have teamed up to add a 15K race to the Fifth Annual IDIC 15 Run/Walk September 19, 2010 in Killington. IDIC 15 and EDT have recruited Run Vermont, the organization that promotes and directs the popular Key Bank Vermont City Marathon (KBVCM) to help manage and promote the expanded IDIC 15 race. The IDIC 15 Run/Walk raises awareness for Isodicentric 15 (IDIC 15), one of a group of genetic conditions known as chromosome abnormalities.
The IDIC 15 Run/Walk was founded by Killington resident Sarah Rasmussen and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. It’s a flat course that finishes at the Killington Recreation Field on River Road. Participants are entered into a raffle for a 2010-11 Killington Resort Season Pass.
“The Killington Economic Development and Tourism office (EDT), working with Sarah, brought Run Vermont to the IDIC 15 Run/Walk as part of its mission to expand existing events in town,” said Seth Webb, EDT Director. “This is a valuable addition to the town’s growing reputation for competitive events and a natural tie-in with the IDIC 15 Run/Walk to help raise additional funds and exposure for Sarah’s great event.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to expand our race and bring additional attention to the needs of those families coping with IDIC 15,” said Rasmussen. “It’s a family-centered event that continues to build each year. We’re grateful for the continued support of the community and all the athletes who will be joining us this year for the 15K run.”
People with IDIC 15 typically are born with 47 chromosomes in each of their body cells instead of the usual 46 found in most people. It is the presence of the extra genetic material that is thought to account for the symptoms seen in some people with IDIC 15. Those symptoms include hypotonia, seizure disorders, ADD/ADHD disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities and global developmental delays.
As part of the event Kadi Luchsinger, Executive Director of the national non-profit IDEAS, will address participants on race day. IDEAS is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing family support, raising awareness and fostering medical research into IDIC 15 and related disorders.
“IDEAS is grateful to the town of Killington for their support of our children. The race is the largest fundraiser for IDEAS and we are thrilled that the town of Killington is helping this wonderful event grow even larger. The money raised will help us develop a medical registry that will enable us to better understand our children.”
The IDIC 15 Run/Walk will begin and end on River Road, while the 15K race will begin at the Killington Skyeship on Route 4 and follow a course that ends on River Road. Killington Resort, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Long Trail Brewery, Mountain Real Estate and Swiss Farm Inn all have participated in sponsorship and assistance with the event.
Runners can register at www.idic15race.com.