The 4th Annual 5K for the IOA & The Memory Mile Walk is now in the books!
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, a record 435 committed Penn faculty, staff and friends and families of those affected by age-related diseases were up early on a windy, late summer morning to run and walk to raise money and awareness for the work of the IOA. This was the largest turnout for the event since it began in 2012.
The 3.1 mile run started at Franklin Field and took participants through Penn Park with skyline views of Center City from West Philadelphia. The Memory Mile Walk wound walkers down Locust Walk and through the scenic Penn campus. This year, leashed dogs were permitted to tag along for the Memory Mile walk. The top three male and female runners in several different age groups were given awards, while the top overall runners, James Murphy (16:45) and Zandra Walton (19:40) received special prizes, Philadelphia Runner gift certificates.
The annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile walk has become a tradition at Penn Medicine. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $170,000 in support of basic and clinical research into normal aging processes and age-related diseases. This includes disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as osteoporosis and frailty, and more.
“This event is a wonderful way to celebrate the progress we have made in better understanding the mechanisms involved in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s and age-related diseases,” John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the Institute on Aging, told the crowd on race day. “The money it raises also helps us on our mission to someday eradicate these often devastating diseases.” Trojanowski works closely with Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR). The IOA collaborates across Penn Medicine, with the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR), the Penn Memory Center, Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Udall Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research.
“It is truly a race against time in aging research,” said P.J. Brennan, MD, chief medical officer for Penn Medicine and organizer of the race. “With the population aging, we need the research dollars so that we can increase the treatment options for the growing number of patients with Alzheimer’s and aging-related disorders.”
Published by: Lee-Ann Donegan, Penn Medicine Communications and Nicolette Patete, Institute on Aging