Team Zoey, the group that has been raising money to fund research into a disease that affects a Verona child, is once again holding its post-Thanksgiving 5K in Verona Park.
The “Miles of Hope Turkey Trot” will take place on Saturday, November 29 and it includes both a 5K and a 1-mile fun run. You can register online and save some money, or register in person the day of the race. Advance online 5K registration fees are from $15 per person for each person in a school team to $25 for runners over 13. The online registration site is here.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Progeria Research Foundation, which is working to discover treatments and the cure for Progeria and aging-related disorders. Zoey Penny of Verona was diagnosed with Progeria in 2010. The first Turkey Trot in 2011 raised more than $38,000 for the PRF and sparked regular fundraisers, large and small, across our area. Those fundraisers led in 2012 to the first-ever clinical drug trial related to Progeria: Farnesyltransferase inhibitor (FTI), a drug originally developed to treat cancer, was shown to cause significant improvements in weight gain, bone structure and the cardiovascular system in children with Progeria.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race, with the 5K starting at 9:30 and the fun run at 9:45.