PITTSBURGH, PA | March 30, 2021
Today, the American Lung Association in Pittsburgh announced that its LUNG FORCE Run/Walk Pittsburgh will take place as a hybrid event with an outdoor, in person run/walk on May 22, 2021 at the North Park Boathouse in Allison Park, as well as a virtual option. Registrants can also participate virtually through the “Walk Your Way” registration. The LUNG/FORCE Run/Walk Pittsburgh will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19. All participants will be required to follow current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
The LUNG FORCE Walk Pittsburgh is in its 7th year, with participants completing either a 5k run or 5k walk that loops around the park. In addition to the Run/Walk, the event will include a virtual option for participants called “Walk Your Way” which includes an app for registrants to track their mile and complete challenges. All registered participants for both virtual and in-person options are encouraged to join the event’s Facebook group and download the app to share their journeys and connect with advocates and heroes.
“We are able to continue our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and support people who live with lung disease through events like the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk Pittsburgh” said American Lung Association Executive Director Caroline Hutchinson. “Our mission has never been more important than it is today, and we’re looking forward to masking up and rallying our Pittsburgh based LUNG FORCE community to raise awareness and advance lifesaving research that enhances people’s lives every day.”
Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will support the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, including COVID-19 and the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.
Event fundraising also contributes to the Lung Association local researcher awards including the recent $175,000 combined research investment in two University of Pittsburgh researchers for their work to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. This year’s fundraising goal is $50,000. Last year’s top fundraising team was Break a Bird for B.Y. and they raised $6,492.
The event is sponsored by UPMC, Allegheny Health Network and Veracyte. There is no registration fee to participate in the walk option of the event, but donations are encouraged. There is a $25 registration fee for all participants who wish to run the event as a 5k Runner. More information and registration are available at LUNGFORCE.org/pittsburgh.
For media interested in speaking with a lung health export, LUNG FORCE Hero or requesting images, contact Valerie Gleason at [email protected] or 717-971-1123.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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