2014 Double Helix Dash 5K to benefit childhood genetic disorders research

Runners, get ready for one of Huntsville’s most unique races. HudsonAlpha will host the third annual Double Helix Dash 5K and 1-mile fun run on Tuesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The certified 5K course begins and ends on Genome Way in front of HudsonAlpha, winds through McMillian Park’s distinctive double helix path, and extends into other points across Cummings Research Park. The 1-mile event also winds through McMillian Park.

“The support from the community for this race has been incredible,” said Carter Wells, race director and vice president for advancement and economic development at HudsonAlpha. “We’ve had a strong turnout each of the first two years. It’s a great event for individuals and families, whether they want to run, walk or simply spend an afternoon along McMillian Park. I hope everyone comes out to enjoy part of their day with us.”

Registration is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile. Fees for both events increase after March 14. All participants get a Double Helix Dash t-shirt, and every finisher receives a medal.

Proceeds from the Double Helix Dash support childhood genetic disorders research conducted at HudsonAlpha. Hundreds of North Alabama children, along with their families, stand to benefit from this effort.

“A primary goal of the pediatric genomics research project is to better understand how genetic variation contributes to developmental delay and neurological disorders,” said Kelly East, a HudsonAlpha genetics counselor. “From the patient perspective, this research can lead to long-awaited diagnoses and a better understanding of the cause for a child’s symptoms.”

HudsonAlpha is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you are interested in supporting this research or have any questions or comments about this event, please email Karen Petersen.


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