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PANA — This year’s Rose City Classic race will include a 6K run, a 2.5K/1.5mi Fun Run, and a 2.5K/1.5mi Kids Fun Run.
The race will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, starting at approximately 9:50 a.m. The race will kick off the Pana Labor Day Parade. All races will start in front of The Zone and end at the pavilion across from the pool in Kitchell Park. The 6K will take you along the parade route, around the park, down 7th St., into and along the east side of the fairgrounds, and back to Kitchell Park. Both of the 2.5K Fun Runs follow the parade route and around the park. Please park in the pool’s parking lot.
The registration fees for the 6K race are: Adults (18 & up) – $25, High School Students (ages 14-17) – $15, and Children 13 & under – $12. The registration fees for either Fun Run are: Adults (18 & up) – $20, High School Students (ages 14-17) – $12, and Children 13 & under – $6.
Registration can be done online anytime prior to Sept. 5 and in person on race day at the pavilion across the pool in Kitchell Park. Registration fees increase by $5, except for children ages 13 & under, on race day. Register online at: https://runsignup.com/Ra ce/IL/Pana/2021RoseCity Classic
This year’s fun run is being organized for the benefit of ECAD to support Denise Jones. Denise is working with ECAD to receive a successor dog when Ember, her currant service dog, is ready to retire. ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities is a 501(c)(3) not-for -profit organization committed to enabling people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated service dogs.
In 2012, Denise received a diagnosis of Autonomic Neuropathy and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) from a doctor at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. These diagnoses came after eight year from when her symptoms suddenly began to worsen, while in college, and eventually became debilitating before making it to Rush. There is no cure for either disease, only management of symptoms.
Many COVID-19 survivors with lingering symptoms, sometimes called long COVID, are being diagnosed as having postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS is a form of dysautonomia. Patients who have had a diagnosis of dysautonomia prior to the pandemic are hoping for an increase in research, more targeted medications and therapies, and an overall awareness within the medical community about these rare diseases.