Today, we run in honor of those who are not able to. We run because we can.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegen-erative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Voluntary muscle action is progressively affected when motor neuron cells die, and patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, most people's minds remain unaffected. Life expectancy for most people with ALS is usually two to five years following diagnosis, but with recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. As many as 30,000 Americans may be currently affected by ALS, and there is no known cause and no cure for ALS.
Haley's Hope was established in honor of a beloved daughter, sister, and friend—Haley Stevens—who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 16. During her short battle, her family and friends knew that the only way to help others afflicted with this awful disease was to start raising money to help others afflicted with this disease.
Today, you run—in Haley's memory—to spread awareness and to raise money for a cure.
2015 HALEY'S HOPE HOT & HILLY 5K & 10K
DISTANCE: 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles)
DATE: August 15, 2015
LOCATION: Start and finish at the James River Power Plant, 5701 S. Kissick
DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 65, turn west at Evans Road exit, follow Evans Road about 3 miles to power plant; or take Fremont south to the T (Briar St.), turn left and follow road to power plant.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: all on paved roads, this loop course is scenic, but challenging, containing mostly hills.
PARKING AREAS: Park below the dam, along the main road, or in the Lake Springfield Recreational Area.
RACE START: 7:30 a.m. (rain or shine)
BIB PICKUP & RACE-DAY REGISTRATION: August 14, 2015 at ATC 451 S. Union, Springfield, MO before 5:30pm or on race day August 15, 2015 at James River Power Plant 6:30a.m.—7:15a.m.
ENTRY FEES: Register early for $25, or register on race-day for $30. (Save $10 if you also run the ½ Marathon Haley's Hope Harder Than Hell at 7pm).
REGISTRATION: Fill out the entire entry form and mail with payment (make payable to Associated Theatrical Contractors; memo line: Haley's Hope) to ATC, 451 S. Union, Springfield, MO 65802
DONATIONS: Donations are gladly accepted and will be given to the Haley's Hope Foundation in memory of Haley Stevens.
SHIRTS: Early registrants (by 08/13/15) will receive great shirts on race-day. Everyone else will receive their shirts one week later by picking them up from ATC.
AWARDS: Will be awarded to the overall male and overall female, overall masters, and to the top three in 10-year age groups for both races.
POST-RACE CELEBRATION: Please join us after the races for lots of great snacks and great music!
IF YOU RUN THE HARDER THAN HELL HALF MARATHON THE EVENING OF AUGUST 15TH YOU GET $10 OFF IF YOU RUN HOT & HILLY TOO!!