WESTMINSTER — Participants can make strides for cancer research by walking, running, jogging, roller skating, bicycling, strolling or rolling this Sunday.
It's all part of a new event, Making Strides, sponsored by theCarroll County Unit of the American Cancer Society as a fund-raiser at 10 a.m. at Western Maryland College.
"It's really a move-along-a-thon," said Tim Passarello, county president and event chairman. "You can move along (the course) any way you want, except by motor bike, cycle or car."
Participants who have cancer, or know someone with the disease, are especially encouraged to enter Making Strides.
"In Making Strides, crossing the starting line is more important than crossing the finishing line," Passarello said. "We are encouraging people just to start the loop."
The new family event is for all ages, but if you can't make the whole 5-mile route, that's fine. Just start, and go as far as you can or want.
Rather than asking for pledges for going a certain distance, participants should request donations for set amounts to the cancer society, Passarello said.
"It should be a fun day for everybody," he said.
Entertainment will be provided by Pedestal Productions, including Sacho the Magic Clown and Lucky, Bucky and Klutz.
Cheering on participants with warm-up exercises will be Carrie McFadden of Jazzercise.
The event starts 10 a.m. with check-in at the WMC gym. Entertainment begins 11 a.m. Start times are noon for bicyclists and 12:15 p.m. for all others.
From the WMC gym onto Main Street, the coursewill go right on New Windsor Road, left onto Ridge Avenue, left on Westmoreland Street, right on Anchor Street, left on Chase Street, left on Park Place, right on Green Street, right on Center Street to Landon Burns Park, then back to the college.
"There are places to shorten the route if you want," Passarello said. "We'll have volunteers from the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at WMC on the corners at intersections to help the participants or if there's a problem."
Prizes willbe awarded at various levels of pledges raised, including T-shirts, gift certificates, VCRs, CD players and 35mm cameras.
Local businesses are encouraged to enter teams in the event, for which members will receive Making Strides T-shirts.
Advance registration of $5 perperson is being accepted through Friday. Forms are available in local stores and restaurants. Registration on the day of the event is $8 per person.
Making Strides is co-sponsored by Fox 45 WBFF-TV and WTTR Radio. All proceeds earned from Making Strides will go to the Carroll County unit.
Information: 549-1200 or (301) 823-2515.