SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Foundation

September 12, 2013 07:00 ET

Run the Rochester Marathon and Help Find a Cure for Arthritis

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 12, 2013) - Thousands of runners from across the U.S., upstate NY and Canada will come together on Sunday, September 22, 2013 for the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon, Half & Relay to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability in the United States. 

"People think arthritis is just an inconvenience, but I know it's much more serious than that. I'm running in memory of my sister June, who died from complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) last summer," said Janice Stone of Shutesbury, MA. "My sister struggled with relentless pain and disability. Besides destroying her hands and feet, it attacked her lungs, heart, nose and eyes. My other sister Judy also has RA, and there is no cure," stressed Ms. Stone. 

The race, a Boston Marathon qualifier, offers a full, half and relay option -- all are USATF certified. The course combines the fun and energy of running through Downtown Rochester with the scenic path of the Erie Canal and Genesee River. Both the full and half-marathon feature a relatively flat course. Cash prizes are awarded to the top male and female finishers in several categories. 

"Nearly everyone knows somebody with arthritis. Run to help find a cure, to qualify for a future race, or to just enjoy a signature Rochester event," said Melinda Merante, Regional Director of the Arthritis Foundation Upstate New York Chapter.

This year YellowJacket Racing will manage race day activities including course preparations and event timing. The Arthritis Foundation will manage registration, post-race food and volunteers.

To register visit www.rochestermarathon.com. Questions, call the Arthritis Foundation Upstate New York Chapter at 585-264-1480. The Arthritis Foundation is the official charity of the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to reducing the impact of arthritis, which can severely damage joints and rob people of their ability to live normal lives, including children. The Foundation provides proven programs to help fight arthritis pain, pursues public policy on behalf of patients, and supports groundbreaking research for effective treatments and a cure.

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