News Release - 11th Annual “Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk” Benefits Hepatitis C Research
June 25, 2010
The 11th Annual “Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk” will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010, 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, along with many private and public partner organizations, 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 designated June 26 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 $125,000. 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. Race day registration is 7 to 8:15 a.m. the day of the race. There will be numerous random door prizes awarded to registered participants, and trophies 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.