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Greenwich Lyme Group Raises $30K at Stamford Race

GREENWICH, Conn. – Stamford resident Mahi Galvin was happy to head Sunday morning to Cove Island Park for the inaugural Race Against Lyme sponsored by the Greenwich nonprofit Time for Lyme. Diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2006, Galvin joined more than 220 runners and walkers in the 5K race, which raised nearly $30,000 for Lyme disease research.

“So many people are suffering from Lyme disease, but through Time for Lyme we have been able to educate our community,” she said in a statement.

In addition to raising funds for Lyme disease research, the event sought to raise awareness of the escalating number of cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. It was timed to help kick off Connecticut’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

“We are grateful that so many people came out for our first annual Race Against Lyme,” Peter Wild, Time for Lyme’s executive director, said in a statement. “It not only gathered together people who have the same concern, but by participating in our event, they contributed funds that will continue important research into this devastating disease. Only by supporting critical research will we be able to create a future free of Lyme.”

First-place male and female runners were Jacob Grice of Stamford, with a time of 17:13, and Alex Herzog of Mount Kisco, N.Y., who finished in 25:22. The second-place male and female runners were Darien’s Brent Roberts, at 18:45, and Greenwich’s Dana Blanchard, at 25:28. The top male and female runner each received a $50 gift certificate to the Greenwich Running Co. and a Charles River Apparel Racer Packable Jacket.

Other awards went to Nancy Tafoya and Jason Lipsett, the top fundraising team, and to 2-year-old Levi Hopwood of Trumbull and 4-year-old Caitlin Tice of Old Greenwich, top finishers in the quarter-mile Fun Run.

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