Cystic Fibrosis Virtual 5k

What is a virtual race?
The Cystic Fibrosis Virtual 5k is a race where participants can create their own course and run/ walk their own route wherever they happen to be. The process is easy, register on during the month of November 2012 and we will mail each participant their very own CF 5k shirt! Then, run or walk your route any time from November 1st through December 9th, 2012. After you complete your 5k, snap a picture with you in your shirt and email it with your time to! After everyone’s results are in, we will put together a story, list race times, and post photos to

What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

Arrow clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
Arrow obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

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Who can participate?
Everyone and anyone! Feel free to walk, jog, or sprint your way through the 5k! Bring your friends, family, and your pets along and get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

How will you award the prizes?
Because this is a virtual race we will be awarding prizes for various place finishers with all the numbers correlating to CF. Feel free to set a course that you feel is most advantageous to you! Because you are competing for random place prizes, pick a course that you will enjoy the most! The following are the numbers so whoever finishes in these places, gets the prize!

150 – in the last 5 years, about 150-200 CF patients undergo a lung transplant per year.
115 – CF Foundation supported and accredited care centers throughout the United States
89 – In 1989, the CF Foundation-supported scientists discovered the defective gene that causes CF
65 – “65 roses” is a key term used to refer to cystic fibrosis
55 – 1955 year the CF Foundation started.
45 – 45% of all people with CF in this country are 18 years or older!
31 – one in 31 Americans are carriers of the defective CF gene but do not have the disease
30 – approximately 30,000 Americans have CF.
12 – in 2012, the CF Foundation announced the FDA approval of Kalydeco, the first drug to address the underlying cause of CF.
2 – Today, most people are diagnosed with CF at birth or before the age of 2.
1 – You! It may take an entire nation to beat this disease, but everyone can do their part! Thank you for participating in the University of Minnesota Virtual 5k in support of the CF Foundation!!

What is the cost and where does the money go?
The cost of the race is $25. All proceeds go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help research and find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Contact Information:
Email Liz Amici at or Anissa Lightner at if you have any questions.

If you would like to make a separate donation to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please send checks to:

Anissa Lightner
225 Bierman Field Athletic Building
516 15th Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Checks can be made out to University of Minnesota or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


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