West Florida Cross Country Teams Running to Help Arthritis

West Florida Cross Country Teams Running to Help Arthritis

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first_imgWest Florida Cross Country Teams Running to Help Arthritis Share Aug. 15, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Men’s and Women’s Cross country teams will be running for a cause this Friday, August 17th when they participate in the first “From Jay to the Bay Charity Relay.”The 30 UWF student-athletes and coaches will participate in this inter-squad relay race to raise funds for the local office of the North Florida Arthritis Foundation.”The arthritis foundation helps a lot of people in the Pensacola Bay area,” said UWF Head Cross Country Coach Matt Dobson. “One of my goals for the new team this year is to see more community involvement among the student-athletes. I’ve had the vision of this inter-squad relay race for a long time and I’m glad we are going forward with it this year.”The runners will participate as co-ed teams and start from the parking lot of Cora Baptist Church in Jay. They will run south on Chumuckla Highway, turn right onto Highway 90, go across the Causeway and end with a lap around the UWF track. A distance of approximately 32 miles.In 2006, 46 million people were found to be suffering with some form of arthritis. Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans. It affects people in all age groups including nearly 300,000 children and costs the U.S. economy a total of $128 billion annually. Baby Boomers seem to be at prime risk and most people don’t think anything can be done to help them.”I think it will be a good thing to see strong, healthy athletes, young adults taking time to do something for an organization that helps people with the debilitating disease of arthritis,” said Dobson. “There will be no trophies at the end of this race, just the satisfaction of doing something noble while promoting team spirit.”The UWF athletes and coaches are still currently collect donations and pledges for the event. All money raised will go directly to the Arthritis Foundation. If you are interested in donating, please contact the UWF Cross Country office at 850-474-2141. If you want more information about what the local Arthritis Foundation can do for you if you suffer with this disease, contact Teresa Mepham at 850-432-4348. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

 

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