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Run benefits ALS research
The White family, from left, Nick, Patti, Larry, Meaghan and Theresa, were among those participating in the FIESTA 5K/15K Challenge on May 3. The family is active in the run each year and in ALS advocacy since four of their relatives have died from the condition. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

CUMMING -- Some 700 runners and a crowd of more than 1,200 spectators came together to “get loco” for ALS during the eighth annual FIESTA 5K/15K Challenge on May 3.

The event, which began at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, raised money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a universally fatal neuromuscular disease that can strike anyone without warning.

According to organizers, there are currently some 30,000 people nationwide — 500 in Georgia — who are living with ALS.

This year’s run generated some $30,000 for the Emory ALS Center in Atlanta.

Overall winners of the event were, in the 15K, Paul Koster and Shelley Elliott, and in the 5K, Jon Hager and Holly Jimenez.