Tom Moore 5K to benefit Huntington’s research

Article Published: Mar. 27 | Modified: Apr. 13

The ninth annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk for Huntington’s Disease will be held Saturday, April 12, at the Boone Greenway.

The event is sponsored by students in Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program.

The race will begin at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the 5K event will support the research on treatment and cures for Huntington’s disease.

FARM Café is sponsoring an early packet pickup and a pre-race pasta dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at 167 W. King St. The meal includes pasta with or without meat, side salad, dessert and a drink.

This is a “pay as you can” donation event to contribute to the Tom Moore 5K event, as well as help FARM Café in its mission to build community and eliminate hunger in the High Country.

Additionally, Come Back Shack will donate 25 percent of all proceeds from Monday, March 31. This event will be going on throughout the restaurant’s business hours, but Come Back Shack asks that patrons inform their server that they would like part of their bill to be donated to the Tom Moore 5K for Huntington’s.

For more information or to register, visit Early registration by April 9 costs $20. Registration the day of the event is $25. Each participant will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt on a first-come, first-served basis.

Refreshments and fun activities will be available after the race, along with a record of running times. Each registered participant will be entered for door prizes, but entrants must be present to win.
Tom Moore, a former director of Resort Area Ministry (which operates the RAM’s Rack thrift store in downtown Boone) and local resident, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease more than 10 years ago.

Huntington’s is a hereditary, degenerative disease that slowly diminishes the patient’s ability to think, walk and function normally. Although treatments have been developed that lessen certain symptoms, currently there is no cure for Huntingon’s.

In hopes of finding that cure, Moore joined with the recreation management program nine years ago to organize the event to raise awareness and funds for research.

In the past nine years, the Tom Moore 5K has grown into a successful event, which incorporates the entire Boone community. It has raised more than $20,000 for research.

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