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**2015 FIESTA 5K - CANCELLED **

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the 2015 Fiesta 5K for ALS Research that was to be held in downtown Baltimore on Saturday, May 2.  Given the civil unrest that has transpired in Baltimore City this week, and not wanting to divert the city’s resources during this challenging time, we believe that calling off the event is the smartest and best option to ensure the safety of our participants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

 Thank you for your unwavering support for the Packard Center and the Fiesta 5K.  In the nine years since the event’s inception, $2.3 million has been raised for ALS research.  We know how much our teams, families, and runners look forward to this annual event, and how hard each of you work to raise funds critical to ALS research. We share in your disappointment at not being able to join together this weekend in support of our shared mission.

 Since it will not be possible to reschedule this event at any time in the near future, we encourage you, your teammates, friends and family to keep the spirit of the Fiesta 5K alive this year!  The Fiesta 5K was created to bring awareness to a rare and devastating disease, and provide funds for our shared mission of solving ALS.  We CAN still keep the spirit of the event alive and urge you to host virtual Fiesta 5Ks wherever you are located, even though we cannot be together in Baltimore. So please put on your race shirt…run or walk in your neighborhood…make a sign…have a party!  Then tweet us a photo using the hashtag #fiesta5k, post on our Facebook page, or email the photo to fiesta5k@jhmi.edu for inclusion in our upcoming newsletter.

 The Fiesta 5K website will remain open through July 1 for donations.  As always, proceeds from this event are a major part of our research budget.  We hope you will continue to fundraise for your team.  Checks can be mailed to 5801 Smith Avenue, McAuley #110, Baltimore, MD 21209 Attn: Fiesta 5K.  We will continue to post them to team sites.

 Fiesta 5K race t-shirts will be available for pick up at our offices in Mt. Washington (address above) on Thursday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Friday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm).  Please send an email to fiesta5k@jhmi.edu to coordinate pick up times or for special circumstances.   If you are able to pick up shirts for your entire team, that is very helpful in getting them distributed.

 Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times, and for your support of the Packard Center. Our work would not be possible without you.   Please mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Annual Fiesta 5K for ALS Research on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Power Plant Live!.

 

 

2015 Fiesta 5k Sponsors

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