The UAB Solidarity Run, with the collaboration of the Cerdanyola City Council and in support of the TV3 Marathon, will take place on Sunday 15 December. All money raised will go to rare disease research projects, the focus of this year's TV3 Marathon. For the first time, the run will pass through Cerdanyola's city centre.
Thanks to all of the Solidarity Run participants in these past seven years, the UAB has been able to raise almost 100,000 euros for research into the different diseases the TV3 Marathon has focused on.
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the collaboration of the Cerdanyola City Council, organises for Sunday 15 December the 8th edition of the UAB Solidarity Run in support of the TV3 Marathon, will take place on Sunday 15 December. In past editions, the solidarity run helped to raise a total of 96,000 euros for the TV3 Marathon, with an average participation in each edition of some 2,000 people. Last year the run raised a total of 18,500 euros. This year all donations will go towards research into rare diseases.
Apart from running or walking, members of the university community can also participate by volunteering in organisation and logistical tasks. That is why Fundació Autònoma Solidaria (FAS), coordinator of the volunteers, once again asks for students and members of the PAS and PDI to collaborate as volunteers.
Three Races and One Walk
There will be three races and one walk, all starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reduced mobility race with a distance of 470 metres, an 11km race, which for the first time will pass through Cerdanyola, another 6.5km race and a 6.5km walk, which will go around the ALBA Light Synchrotron and the APPLUS+ building, the solidarity run's main financial supporter.
Hospitals and Entities Fair
The hospital affiliated to the UAB and the solidarity entity Ixarop will also be collaborating with the race, and will offer musical performances and activities for the smallest ones. Additionally, coinciding with the race several associations will participate in the Entities Fair which will also be raising money for the study of rare diseases.
Recovery sessions with students in Physiotherapy
The start and finish lines will be at the Vila Universitària and will include additional services such as physiotherapy sessions, a checkroom and beverages at the finish line. The free recovery sessions will be offered by UAB physiotherapy students after the races or walk.
Rare diseases are those affecting a maximum of 5 people in 10,000. Over 7,000 different rare diseases have been described and it is calculated that the affect some 300,000 to 400,000 people in Catalonia. There are different degrees of affectation although the majority tend to be severe, chronic, progressive and debilitating. A total of 80% of these diseases are genetic and all of them share a difficulty in diagnosis, while in many cases there is no existing effective treatment and the social and familiar impact is elevated.
Those wishing to participate in the race must sign up either online by 13 December, or in person on 14 and 15 December.
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