Save the date to Run for Babies to support March of Dimes

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Hundreds of runners and volunteers will join together Oct. 28 at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Greenway for the 2017 Run for Babies, which helps more babies survive and thrive.  

Pre-event registration is available at runforbabies.org/nashville. On-site registration and packet pick up will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the 5K run starting at 7:30 a.m. Sign up as an individual or start a team with co-workers, family or friends or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life. Participants can also register on site from 6:30-7:15 a.m. for an additional cost.

Runners can help moms have healthy, full-term babies, as well as fund research to find why prematurity happens and preventions to keep it from happening. The competitive event will use official chip timing to determine race results. Chip timing and an official event T-shirt are included in the cost of registration. The 5K run takes place at the certified 5K course at Shelby Bottoms Park. 

Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the United States. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s one in 10 – born each year. Funds raised by March for Babies in Nashville support March of Dimes programs that provide comfort and support for moms and babies, as well as innovative research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. Anyone affected by prematurity or birth defects may visit the shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org.


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