Lung Association’s New Approach Safely Brings Community Together to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Relief

Annual Run/Walk provides alternative routes supporting local businesses and public safety in Paristown

The American Lung Association in Kentucky announces today that this year’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk in Louisville will take a new approach to safely bring together the community to support lung health.

The fundraising event will be in person but spaced out over a week (July 17-26) with two different routes in Paristown to encourage social distancing. People who are not in the area are able participate virtually. Participants can pick which route or day they prefer.

“With the current global health crisis, there has never been a more important time to come together to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer and lung diseases like COVID-19,” said Loretta Devine, development manager of the Lung Association.

Hundreds of registrants will be fundraising to support life-saving lung disease research and the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative; a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to expand the Association’s ongoing respiratory research program, enhance key public health measures, and establish an advanced network to stop future respiratory virus pandemics.

The event officially kicks-off on Friday July 17 at 1 p.m. A drive-through packet pick-up will take place that day from 1 - 6:30 p.m. in Paristown. The first 75 people to register will receive a LUNG FORCE face mask along with the t-shirt, bib, and turquoise beaded necklace that all registered participants receive.

Participants can download the app Racejoy (, select the event, and the route they will be completing. The app will provide GPS from start to finish and record their times. There will be designated areas provided by sponsors for participants to stop and take pictures.

Registration for the event is $38 and registration is available at LUNG FORCE Run/Walk information and updates are available on the organizations new podcast, LungCast (listen here).

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
[email protected]

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