Families Encouraged to Participate Wherever the Holiday Weekend Takes Them
McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), which specializes in the design and construction of large-scale, luxury renovations and additions, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 10th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Sunday, July 4 in Potomac, Md. “With one in every 110 children affected by autism, and one in every 70 boys, this national crisis is everyone’s cause,” said Steve Kirstein, BOWA principal and sponsorship chairman for Autism Speaks. “Over the past nine years, we’ve walked, jogged or ran our way to more than $1.5 million for autism research and hope to make this year the most successful race yet by reaching our fundraising goal of $250,000.” After launching the “Run Anywhere” initiative last year, competitive runners and families are encouraged to participate no matter where the Fourth of July holiday takes them. By registering via the website, people who cannot be at the race site will receive their shirt in advance and be able to raise money for autism anywhere. The local event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, with a pre-race warm-up with professional trainer Fred Foster. Individuals participating in the 5K will depart from the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, MD 20854, at 8:00 a.m., followed by the one-mile walkers. Post-race activities will include food, music, prizes and fun activities for the whole family. “Participating in the 5K is a great way to kick off the holiday and spend time with family and friends,” said Larry Weinberg, CEO of BOWA and a top fundraiser for the event. “We’re proud BOWA will have several teams participating in various locations and hope others will join us in battling autism.” For additional information, to register, or to start a team for the 10th Annual Autism Speaks 5K, visit http://www.autismspeaks5k.org/. Online registration will close at 12 midnight on Wednesday, June 30, but late registration will be available with details on the website. There is an entry fee of $30 for adults and $15 for children under 14. Those that pre-register will be guaranteed a special 10th anniversary t-shirt. Volunteers are needed and welcome and should contact [email protected].