John Tanner Memorial 5k Run and Walk
On Sunday October 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. the Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation (OPTN) will host its third annual John Tanner Memorial 5K Run and Walk. The race will start and finish behind The Wayland Town Buildings @ 41 Cochituate Road Wayland, MA. The 400 meter kids race will start at 10am and will take place in the field behind the Wayland Town Buildings.
All proceeds will go to support Batten Disease Research.
The John Tanner Memorial 5K Run and Walk is dedicated to the memory and legacy of John Tanner and Nicholas Dainiak of the Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation. John Tanner was an exceptional athlete and competitive runner who unexpectedly passed away while running the NYC half marathon in spring 2013. He devoted all of his races to raising awareness about Nicholas and Batten disease.
Nicholas, our son, lost his battle with Battens Disease on his 11th Birthday. He was diagnosed 6 years ago with a life threatening brain disease known as Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, or Batten disease. Children with this disease suffer from seizures, blindness, dementia, immobility, and will typically die between the ages of eight and twelve. Batten disease is potentially curable if given enough support for research.
Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation directly funds worthy research initiatives. We are committed to support the research projects listed below for 2015.
-RESEARCH GRANT SUPPORT: Grant 1.) focuses on stabilizing the mutated proteins that causes Batten Disease (Rosalind Franklin Univ School of Medicine and Science, Chicago & Sanford Research Center, S. Dakota). While for Grant 2.) we are funding the development of a natural history and biorepository database for INCL and LINCL (Harvard University & Univ. of Rochester).
-INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP 2016: Our 3rd workshop is currently being planned in collaboration with other Batten family foundations like OPTN in the United States. This workshop brings together scientists from across the globe working for a cure.
On behalf of Nicholas, we thank you for your generous support in helping to fulfill ours and John Tanner’s “Promise to Nicholas” to find a cure for Batten disease. All of these efforts are made possible with your support and tax deductible donation.
Sunday, October 4th from 8:30am - at the start of the race.
at the Wayland Town Building parking lot.
Top 3 Women and Top 3 Men will receive a trophy
Behind the Wayland Town Buildings
41 Cochituate Road Wayland MA
Directions to the race
WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland MA 01778-2614
I-90 W/Mass Pike take exit 15 (Waltham / Dedham) onto to 128 North.
Take Exit 26 (US-20 exit) towards WESTON/WALTHAM
Merge onto WESTON ST/US-20 West (becomes BOSTON POST ROAD) Continue on Route 20 West to the intersection of Route 27. At the lights, take a left; IMMEDIATELY on your right is the entrance to the WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING. There is a sign that says �WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING� beside the driveway.
TOTAL DISTANCE FROM EXIT 26: 5 miles
FROM THE MASS PIKE WEST:
Take Exit 13 towards Natick/Framingham
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp, merge onto Route 30 WEST
At the intersection of Route 30 and Route 27, turn LEFT onto Route 27. Continue on Route 27 until you see the intersection of Route 20. The entrance to the WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING is on your left, IMMEDIATELY before the intersection.
TOTAL DISTANCE FROM EXIT 13: 4.8 miles
The 5k run/walk course starts and finishes behind the Wayland Town Buildings @ 41 Cochituate Road Wayland MA. There will be guides at each turn and turnaround cone.
-Leaving the parking lot behind the Wayland Town Buildings. - take a left onto Pelham Island Road heading West. At 0.6miles take a right onto Jeffrey Road - run 0.4miles and at the end - turn Right back onto Pelham Island Road - heading west for 0.8miles. There will be a turn around cone near the Great Meadows National Wildlife Sign. From there you will run 1.5 miles back on Pelham Island Road to finish behind the Wayland Town Buildings.
The Kids Race will start at 10am: will be around the outside perimeter of the soccer field and baseball field behind the Wayland Town Buildings
Awesome Raffle. Winners will be called at 12:00pm
Yes, T-shirts for every runner