Run the Forest Run 5K
Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 07:49 AM EDT
October is World Blindness Month, and a special race tomorrow could help those with low vision. Dr. Edward Isbey of Asheville Eye Associates and Greg McLaughlin stopped by to share more about the 5K.
The Run the Forest Run 5K is a USTFA sanctioned 5K which winds through Biltmore Forest. This is the inaugural year for the run. There's also a 1-mile fun run/walk. Everyone in the community is invited to take part tomorrow to support patients with. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile walk begins at 10:00 a.m. It begins and ends at Carolina Day School on Hendersonville Road. The 5K and the 1 mile walk will wind through Biltmore Forest.
Carolina Day is the Platinum Sponsor. Asheville Eye supports the Low Vision Center's mission of helping all people with low vision from whatever reason. Asheville Eye decided to fundraise for the Low Vision Center as their main focus for 2013.
There are approximately 3.5 million Americans with low vision. The incidence of low vision increases with each decade especially starting in people in their sixties. The most common causes of low vision are macular degeneration and congenital issues. This impacts not only the patient but also each patient's family and caregivers.
To sign up for the run or walk, you can pre-register today by calling Asheville Eye Associates at 258-1586 Ext.2331 or register in person at the 8 Medical Park Drive office. You can also sign up tomorrow morning before the event at Carolina Day School beginning at 7:00am.