The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), an independent nonprofit, is launching an annual 5K run and walk event in San Diego this June to celebrate the volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research.
The first Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk will coincide with the Drug Information Association (DIA) 2014 Annual Meeting. The event will take place Monday, June 16, 2014, outside the San Diego Convention Center from 6:45-8:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
“Medical Heroes are the millions of people who help advance public health and medical knowledge by taking part in clinical trials each year,” said CISCRP’s founder, Ken Getz. “This special event recognizes their gift, raises public awareness and appreciation, and hopefully will become an annual tradition.”
Running and walking enthusiasts and all supporters of CISCRP’s mission are invited to participate or attend the event to show their support. Proceeds from the event will support education and outreach programs to patients and families interested in learning more about the clinical research process.
“We are honored the inaugural offering of the Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K will be held during the 50th Anniversary of DIA’s Annual Meeting.” said Lori Risboskin, DIA’s associate director, event planning and exhibits. “DIA members understand the importance of clinical research volunteers and appreciate their participation in clinical trials. We’re delighted to help CISCRP launch this special event.”
CenterWatch, a leading provider of clinical trials information for both professionals and patients, is the event’s official media partner, providing additional support in raising awareness about the 5K. “Clinical research volunteers truly are the medical heroes of our industry,” said CenterWatch COO Joan Chambers. “Part of CenterWatch’s mission has always been to educate patients on the importance of clinical research, so it was without hesitation that we offered our support to promote this exciting event.”
Registrants can check in early on Sunday, June 15, from 8-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m., or 3-6 p.m., to receive event materials and giveaways. Regular check-in the day of the event begins at 6 a.m.; the 5K Run & Walk will begin at 6:45 a.m. For more information about the event, to volunteer, register or become a sponsor, visit ciscrp.org/med-hero-5k. For questions regarding event registration contact Ellyn Getz, (617) 725-2750, firstname.lastname@example.org, or toll-free 1-877-MED-HERO.
CISCRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities.