By ROBBIE EDWARDS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Heath Care is hosting the first annual Memory Color Run at 9 a.m. on Nov. 9, at Veterans Park.
Mariah Minor, director of nursing at Mt. Vernon Health Care, hopes the event will raise awareness for Alzheimer's, a rapidly growing disease that 5.1 million Americans are living with.
"In our nursing home we have 76 residents and 60 of them have some form of Alzheimer's," Minor said.
The event will raise funds for the Illinois Alzheimer's Association.
"We chose a color run because a 5k is a great way to promote and get a lot of people involved, also there are a lot of runners in the area," said Minor.
Although Minor is unsure on the attendance for the upcoming event, a lot of registration forms have been given out already.
Those who would like to participate may choose to be a volunteer or a runner, Minor said.
Volunteers will be needed for registration on the day of the run, to man water stations and help with color stations. At least 20 volunteers are being sought. To volunteer, contact Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.
The Color Run route starts at the park on South 27th Street and goes along Jamison Street. Then it crosses 34th Street to Water Tower Plaza and turns around in the cul-de-sac and back to the park.
There will be water and color stations set up along Jamison and on Water Tower Place along the route. Local police will be blocking traffic and directing participants during the event.
For runners, registration forms can be found at Mt. Vernon Health Care and at local business Cut-n-Dry. Registration will also be held the day of the event from 7 to 8 a.m. at the park.
Additional information is available by contacting Mt. Vernon Health Care at 242-1064