Community volunteers will host the second VICtory 10K/5K/Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Enterprise South Nature Park. All proceeds will benefit care for financially challenged patients with critical limb disease in Hamilton, Bradley and North Georgia counties.
“Once again we are proud to bring this an annual event back to the Tennessee Valley,” said Dr. Chris LeSar, founding physician of the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, the VICtory Run’s event host. “This event will help patients that need financial assistance for the treatment of severe lower leg circulation problems, and bring awareness to the region’s growing amputation problem."
"Critical Limb Ischemia, a severe obstruction of the arteries which drastically reduces blood flow to the body’s extremities, is one of the leading causes of amputation," officials said. "Patients with a history of smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are most at risk for CLI.
"The southeastern area of the United States has the highest amputation rates in the country, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Many of these surgeries could have been prevented with proper education and alternative treatment plans, which result in patients having better health, more active lifestyles, and longer life spans."
All proceeds will benefit the Access for Care fund, managed by the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga. This fund will assist patients struggling with CLI and peripheral artery issues that have no access to health insurance.
The VICtory Run is timed and monitored by event partner, Scenic City Multisport. Races will begin at 8 a.m. Early bird registration is available through June 15 at victory10k5k.itsyourrace.com.