Looking for an athletic event that’s fun for the whole family? Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 pm for Raleigh’s Sixth Annual Magnificent Mile Race in downtown Raleigh.
When Sarah Witt, a primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) patient, and siblings Scott and Amy Corsmeier were diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), they and their brave families decided to do offer a positive reaction to their circumstances. They have hosted the Magnificent Mile race for the past 6 years and are on a mission to raise awareness and funds for motor neuron diseases.
The proceeds of the Magnificent Mile go to the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, and it is a mile-long race that offers separate competitive rounds for adults and kids as well as a recreational run for those there to show support. You can choose between a competitive mile race, a recreational mile, and two kid’s races followed by a street festival with food, fun, and prizes.
Last year a record field of over 1100 runners and walkers turned out for what has become one of the area’s premier events attracting the best runners in the state competing for the cash prizes as well as those who just want to participate.
As an all-volunteer project, about 92 per cent of sponsor incomes and participant entry fees are donated to an ongoing search for a cure. Over the years they’ve raised over two million dollars in research grants!
Like many of you, Sarah, Scott and Amy require wheelchair accessibility wherever they go. Let’s help them find a cure for primary lateral sclerosis and hereditary spastic paraplegia. You can register online. We’ll see you there!