5K race will pay tribute to former coach with Lou Gehrig’s disease

The Williams family (source: http://www.runforjeremy.com/)
The Williams family (source: http://www.runforjeremy.com/)

HAMILTON, GA (WTVM) - During his years playing football, former football coach Jeremy Williams was known as the "Georgia Assassin."

This October, an annual community event will unite his supporters to help him assassinate something else entirely – his battle against Lou Gehrig's disease.

The 3rd Annual ALS, or "Assassinate Lou Gehrig's one Step at a time," Run for Jeremy 5K takes place Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Harris County High School in Hamilton, GA.

Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 9 a.m. Participants may register online at active.com through October 4.

The ALS Run for Jeremy 5K pays tribute to the former Greenville High School football coach, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, can strike anyone and is universally fatal. It slowly takes away the ability to move, speak, swallow, and ultimately breathe.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Emory ALS Center in Atlanta, GA, where Jeremy receives his care and where researchers are actively engaged in discovering the causes and mysteries of ALS.

Awards will be presented to Overall Male/Female and Overall Masters Male/Female. Age group awards will be presented to the top 3 in age group categories. Organizers expect another large crowd for this year's race.

Each participant will receive a t-shirt and great post race food, entertainment, and family fun. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discounted entry fee per person.

For more information or to download a form, visit www.runforjeremy.com.

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