Charlotte's Run - A 5K Event in the Pittsburgh, PA Area For Huntington's Disease
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Charlotte's Run - A 5K Event in the Pittsburgh, PA Area For Huntington's Disease

This article is about Charlotte's Run, a 5K individual or team run held annually in the Pittsburgh, PA area as a fundraiser to find a cure for Huntington's Disease. It is a fun, yet competitive event for track teams, basketball teams, church organizations, boy scouts, individual runners, and small businesses in the area.

Charlotte's Run is an annual 5K running event that raises money for Huntington's Disease in Monaca, PA, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  Typically, this event falls during May of each year.  There are several options for participants.  A participant can either do the entire 5K, or a team of five runners can be formed to each run 1K.  There is also a one mile walk for those who want to participate, but do not want to run.  The event is meant to be fun for the runners, but it is also very competitive.  Food and rewards are given out at this event.  This event is generally popular with church groups, boy scouts, high school track runners, and anybody who wants to help reach a cure for Huntington's Disease, a genetic disease.  It is not very well known like many cancers and heart conditions are, but Huntington's Disease is devastating to the families it effects.  

Charlotte's Run was created 22 years ago by Alexander Andres, in honor of his mother, Charlotte who was a victim of the disease.  He is motivated to be a huge reason for the eventual cure of this disease.  All of the proceeds generated from Charlotte's Run go to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America.  Runners and teams pay a fee to participate in the run.  Often, the runners will also have friends and family sponsor them as well.  I participated in Charlotte's Run two years in a row.  I was part of the local high school track team.  I had financial support from my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  I enjoyed competing against runners from other schools I ran against during track meets, but in an atmosphere with less pressure and a different common goal.  The awareness of this event has grown since I ran in the event last in 2002.  Runners from outside of the Pittsburgh area have began to compete in Charlotte's Run.  The Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA has been the host location for the event.  The run takes place in the parking lot.  The parking lot wraps around the mall, and it is surprisingly flat considering the topography of the area is primarily large rolling hills.  Runners in the area that are looking for something a little less crowded then the events in Pittsburgh may be interested in participating in Charlotte's Run.  

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