News Release - Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 836
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Hans Petersen, Communications Director
703-324-7003, TTY 703-802-3015, Fax 703-324-7092
May 29, 2009
10th Annual “Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk” Benefits Hepatitis C Research
The 10th Annual “Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk” will be held Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Alcohol and Drug Services program sponsors the event to raise awareness of Hepatitis C and substance abuse in the community and to honor the memory of Tim Harmon who served as Director of CSB Alcohol and Drug Services Residential Services.
Tim, who was instrumental in the development of the Community Service Board’s substance abuse treatment services that exist today, died from Hepatitis C (HCV) in 1999. This event is a tribute to Tim and his work, and an effort to make a difference to people impacted by HCV.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has designated June 13 as “Hepatitis Awareness Day” in Fairfax County, urging residents to increase their awareness of Hepatitis C and its impact on the health of the community.
More than 700 runners, walkers, and sponsors participate in the annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk. Hepatitis C is the most prevalent liver disease in the United States. It is estimated that 35,000 people are infected with this virus each year. There is currently no vaccine for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and medical treatment is limited and sometimes ineffective. Additional research for the treatment of and eventual cure for HCV is essential and prevention efforts are vital for a community response to this epidemic.
Over the years, the proceeds of the race have exceeded $100,000. The funds go to non-profit organizations which support substance abuse and hepatitis research, treatment, advocacy, support and education, including the Friends of A New Beginning group.
For more information on Hepatitis C, you can contact the Virginia Hepatitis C hotline at 800-533-4148 or visit the Hepatitis Foundation website at www.hepfi.org.
The race will begin in front of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. The race will take place on a certified course and is spectator friendly.
More information is available on the race website www.timharmon5k.org. Participants can register online at www.racepacket.com. Race day registration is 7 to 8:15 a.m. the day of the race.
Awards will be given in several categories and age groups including runners/walkers, Fairfax County employees, the County’s Police Department and Fire and Rescue staff.
Entertainment will be provided by the Classic Rock band, The Sock Monkeys.
Directions to the Government Center: Take the Capital Beltway, I-495, to exit I-66 West. Exit 55B onto Fairfax County Parkway North (Route 7100). Right turn onto Fair Lakes Parkway East. Right turn at second light onto Monument Drive. Right turn at second light onto Government Center Parkway. Government Center to your left.