The rain held out for the hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers who turned out for the third annual Kidney Kare 5K, which was held under sunny Chapel Hill skies on March 15, 2008. This annual event raises funds for the Kidney Education Outreach Program (KEOP) and brings kidney disease to the attention of the local community.
The weather was cool, but the runners were scorching the pavement. David Dunson of Chapel Hill won the overall with a time of 17:26. The women’s overall was won by Mary Gill of Carrboro in a time of 18:33. Full results can be found at www.offnrunningsports.com. Walkers and runners alike enjoyed the event, including many families with children who participated in the fun.
This year there were a few new components which added to the excitement and popularity of the event. The 5k course was certified by USA Track & Field (USATF) , which means that a certified course measurement was taken to insure the distance.
Another new feature of this year’s event was the addition of a fund raising category to the awards group. The top fundraisers were Ann Dunbar, who raised $3,150 and Tony Faucette, who raised $1,300.
Support from this event is used to directly fund the Kidney Center’s free kidney screenings and to purchase educational materials and supplies necessary to carry on the mission of the KEOP. A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Kidney Patient Emergent Fund, used to assist UNC kidney patients with emergent financial needs.
Kidney Center associates give thanks for the generosity of all sponsors, donors and participants and remind everyone to remember to ask “Hey Doc, How are my Kidneys?”
Fleet Feet Carrboro
Open Eye Café
UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
Balloons & Tunes
Boston Market (Eastgate)
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Jason’s Deli (New Hope Commons)
Jim’s Famous BBQ
Katie’s Soft Pretzels
Panera (Franklin Street)
Townsend Bertram & Company