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2015 Share Your Spare 5K Run/Walk

SYS Straight Cranberry LogoMark your calendar!  Share Your Spare 5K Run/Walk is returning for its second year on September 5, 2015!

We are very excited about our race’s new venue, The Kentucky Horse Park, which is guaranteed to provide our runners and walkers with beautiful scenery at the heart of Kentucky.

Registration is now open. Like last year, you have various options to participate. If you’re joining us in Lexington, you can run “as a spare” (individual) or “as a pair” (couple; save $10), and a One Mile Kids Fun Run will take place for kids 12 years of age and under (4 and under are free).  All participants, kids included, will receive a dri-fit shirt with paid registration.

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Our special kidney-shaped medals will be awarded to the top three overall finishers (male & female) as well as the top three age group finishers (male & female).

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3 Way Racing will also be back to chip time the race. We love these guys and all of the enthusiasm, organization and energy they bring on race day.

pittsburgh vrFor runners/walkers who live outside of Lexington, Virtual Runner/Walker registration is available. Your $30 registration will include shipping of your race shirt, which we encourage you to wear on your virtual run or walk. Please be sure to register by August 17th, so that we have time to mail your shirt to prior to race day on September 5th. Our virtual runner and walker participation was huge last year, and it spread across the entire country, plus three runners in Afghanistan. We are really looking forward to having your support again this year. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself during your virtual run or walk and post it to our Facebook Page. We love seeing where everyone is running/walking and knowing that we all are coming together to raise awareness for kidney disease.

KHAKY-LogoFunds raised from this year’s Share Your Spare 5K will support “Get Healthy, Get Transplanted,” a new program by the Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky (KHAKY). In order to be approved for an organ transplant, patients must undergo medical testing and evaluation, some of which includes having a healthy weight, a dental exam to confirm no active infections, and smoking cessation. For some kidney disease patients, meeting this criteria can be challenging. “Get Healthy, Get Transplanted” will assist these patients by providing them with a dentist, health coach and/or fitness center which will make overcoming their obstacles possible so that they can be approved for placement on the transplant waiting list. By participating in Share Your Spare 5K, you will support these individuals while bringing awareness to kidney disease and the significance of becoming an organ donor.

When I created Share Your Spare 5K last year, my goals were to increase awareness for kidney disease and organ transplantation through sharing my husband, Ryan’s, transplant story. At the time, he was a very sick Type 1 Diabetic in need of a kidney and a pancreas. We received an abundance of support and love through our 5K last June, and it was one of the best , most memorable experiences of our lives. Since then, Ryan has received his transplant and is now living diabetes free for the first time in 15 years. Being able to plan Share Your Spare 5K for a second year and make a difference for kidney disease patients who are struggling to get onto the waiting list, is the perfect pay it forward opportunity for us. We are simply thrilled at the way this has worked out, and we hope that you will join us on September 5th and support “Get Healthy, Get Transplanted.”

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