Athens, GA, March 09, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Undergraduate and alumni members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity across Georgia will be coming together on March 29, 2015 to raise awareness of ALS by hosting simultaneous 5k runs in three Georgia cities – Athens, Atlanta, and Macon.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Fraternity’s undergraduate chapters at University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Mercer University and its Atlanta, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah alumni clubs, proceeds from the “Iron Phive K” will go toward helping fight this disease. ALS is the Fraternity’s primary philanthropy.
“We are thrilled to partner with Phi Delta Theta again on this great event. Their continued support both here locally and as a national sponsor of The ALS Association, help create awareness of ALS and the urgency to find a cure,” said Sarah Embro, Executive Director of The ALS Association of Georgia.
The race is part of the 2015 Black Bag Race Series and is open to the public. Registration fees are $35 with a $10 discount to those registering before March 15, 2015. Early registrants will also receive a race tshirt. Awards will be given to overall male/female, overall masters male/female and top 3 finishers in standard age groups from 10 and under to 75 and over.
“Being able to give back to the local community is important to Phi Delta Theta at both the national and local level, especially when there is a strong connection to the cause,” said Grant Gosden, race organizer for the Mercer University chapter. “Baseball great Lou Gehrig was a member of Phi Delta Theta as well as a victim of this disease so participating has an even greater meaning for us. We’re very excited to be hosting an event for such a worthy cause.”
On each campus, race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7AM and the run begins at 9AM. Runners interested in participating in any one of the races should register at: www.classicraceservices.com. Those interested in making a donation to the initiative or a specific runner can do so by visiting www.support.ironphi.org.
About Iron Phi
The Iron Phi program was developed as a way to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Fraternity has a philanthropic partnership with The ALS Association, a non-profit entity with the mission of bringing awareness to the disease and finding its cure. Through the fundraising efforts of members of Phi Delta Theta on the way to achieving personal athletic goals, the Fraternity mobilizes its membership base to help The ALS Association and Phi Delta Theta Foundation achieve its missions.
Known as the "Iron Horse" during his baseball career, Gehrig, who was initiated into Phi Delta Theta while studying at Columbia University, displayed a never-give-up attitude after being stricken with ALS, continuing to inspire those around him. Visit http://support.ironphi.org/ for more information.
About The ALS Association Georgia Chapter
The ALS Association Georgia Chapter and its National Office operate under a shared mission. The ALS Association is the only nationally affiliated not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to ALS and its mission is to find the cause of the disease and cure through global, cutting-edge research. The ALS Association empowers people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing compassionate care and support. For more information, contact the chapter at (404) 636-9909.
About Phi Delta Theta
Phi Delta Theta was founded on December 26, 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. The men of Phi Delta Theta share a common commitment -- the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality.