Now in its ninth year, the annual Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K has raised close to $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York chapter. The family-friendly 5K race and 1K “fun walk” was launched by Maureen Griffin Tomczak in memory of her father, Buffalo Mayor James “Jimmy” Griffin, who died from a type of dementia in 2008. This year, the race returns to an in-person event on Saturday, May 21, in Buffalo’s Delaware Park.
The date also marks Armed Forces Day, and the chapter will recognize active and veteran military with a ceremony to start the race, performed by the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from the Buffalo Public Schools. Participants will receive a chipped bib that will track their time on the USA Track & Field-certified route, as well as a T-shirt, awards and after-race snacks and refreshments.
Registration is $30 through May 18, and $35 after – including on race day. To register, visit runjimmyrun5k.itsyourrace.com.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
Western New York’s local chapter provides programs, services and other resources for those living with dementia, their care partners, health care professionals and others across Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Learn more by calling 716-626-0600 during traditional business hours, 24/7 at 800-272-3900, or at www.alz.org/WNY.