Welcome to the Doughnuts For the Heart Challenge!
The Doughnuts For The Heart Challenge is an annual race in Brevard County, Florida. The race is operated by the Freemasons of Brevard benefiting the Cardiac Research Institute (CRI) at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL), a not-for-profit institute (www.mmrl.edu). The race is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2014, starting at 7:30am, at the Wickham County Park Pavilion.
The Challenge begins at the Pavilion just north of the campgrounds; each runner will cover 2 miles through the park returning back to the Pavilion. The Challenger will then down a full dozen of the famous Krispy Kreme doughnuts; The Challenger must then run the 2 mile track again through the park back to the finish line at the Pavilion all in one hour.
We expect the DFTH Challenge to attract advanced runners who rarely eat one doughnut to the non-competitor out for a fun run on a Saturday morning to support a great charity like the CRI/MMRL. There will be many supporters just out for a walk. The Challenge includes and welcomes all physically challenged competitors to come out and enjoy the spirit of competition. Teams are encouraged, and this year we have added categories for our Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters.
WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU DO THIS?
The Cardiac Research Institute (CRI) at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is an internationally recognized biomedical research institute. For its size, there are few institutes worldwide whose innovative research is as productive and influential in the field of experimental cardiology. In recent years, the MMRL has become an international center for genetic screening of cardiac arrhythmia diseases, especially those contributing to sudden death syndromes, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The MMRL is blazing new trails in the development of safe and effective drugs for atrial fibrillation, addressing one of the greatest unmet medical needs facing our society. With its recent inauguration of a Stem Cell Center, the CRI/MMRL is making rapid progress in the creation of human models of disease focused on development of innovative therapies and cures.
On the other hand, doughnuts are found all over the world too and are considered international! That is why we feel they go together for a fun way to raise awareness and money for this worthy charity.
We want to help all mankind, and by helping the CRI/ MMRL you are helping too.
Thank you for your support.
Thomas (T.J.) DeLaine, Doughnuts for the Heart Challenge Race Director
Brought to you by:
The Masters and Wardens Association of the 26th Masonic District of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida
|Indian River Lodge No. 90||Brevard Lodge No. 113|
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