2018-04-12 / Business

Organ donation organization takes over former Wildebeest run

FLUSHING — The former Run Like a Wildebeest race at Flushing County Park will take on a new name this year, but it will still benefit a great cause.

The race, which began as a benefit in the memory of Greg Flint, in March 2011, will become the Donation Nation Race when it returns on April 28.

This race takes place at Flushing Park’s one mile loop. Participants will compete to see how many times they can run the loop in the 60 minute time limit.

Participants are urged to create a team and have a different person run/walk every lap. Challenge yourself or be part of a fun team to push each other. Awards will be given to overall individual male and female.

The event is a fundraiser for the Gleason Community Fund to benefit organ donation. John J. Gleason, a native of Flushing, Genesee County Clerk who served in the Michigan State House and State Senate for 10 years, was the first Michigan legislator to serve after a transplant.

He ran dialysis for six months before receiving a kidney from his sister. This experience led John to create a one of a kind donation education nonprofit, the Gleason Community Fund.

Sponsoring the Donation Nation Race is near and dear to the nonprofit’s efforts to increase awareness for organ, tissue and cornea donations.

The run was originally in memory of Greg Flint, whose life was cut short due to an unexpected heart attack at work. He left his mark on this community with his passion for running.

The registration fee is $15 per person until April 26. Race day is registration/packet pickup, April 28 from 2-3 p.m. The race starts at 3 p.m.

Register at http://www.thecompleterunner.com/ donation-nation-mile/.G.G.

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