BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Saturday, serious runners seeking medals and prizes and amateur walkers and runners will gather in Baton Rouge's Town Square for this year's Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation Walk-Run.
Each year, many children are in the crowd who are recipients of the help and services provided by the Foundation. Their stories help make vivid the reason for the fundraising.
This year, the honorary chairman is 12-year NFL Safety Ryan Clark, a former LSU Tiger whose own Sickle Cell battle is a bit different. He suffers the Sickle Cell "Trait;" that means he has one half the condition, enough to give him problems in the extreme stress of the career he chose.
Lori Burgess, the executive director of the local organization and a former metro-councilwoman for 11 years, has invited the community year after year to learn more about Sickle Cell and care about those who struggle with the disease. Burgess says you can still pre-register online by clicking here or by calling 225-346-8434 during business hours.
A very nice Official Race T-Shirt is for sale for $12, and can be paid online.
Saturday's schedule starts with registration at 7 a.m., then opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run and its more serious runners start at 8 a.m.…followed by those who wish to walk 5K at 8:15 a.m. Then at 8:30 a.m. the 1-mile Fun Walk starts.
All races snake through downtown and Capitol Park, the 5 K includes a pretty scenic loop near the Arsenal.