Runners at the starting line of The Jackson Laboratory's annual employee 5K race Saturday. This year the race raised $2,667 for the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAX

Running for Alzheimer’s research

BAR HARBOR — Sunny skies and low humidity Saturday were ideal conditions for the 7th Annual JAXfit 5K.

Employees, spouses, family and friends of The Jackson Laboratory, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and the MDI Hospital hit the pavement to run or walk the course.

There were 193 5K finishers. The race was won by JAX employee Andrew Kephart of Ellsworth with a time of 17:44. On the womens’ side, JAX summer student Brianna Gurdon was the winner with a time of 24:35.

The annual race is sponsored by the Human Resources Department at The Jackson Laboratory. Each year 100 percent of entry fees and donations go to a local charity. This year the race raised $2,667 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. Executive Director Laurie Trenholm was on hand to accept the donation check. She also praised the laboratory for its work in Alzheimer’s research.

Katy Longley, the laboratory’s recently appointed chief operating officer, welcomed participants and officially announced the start of the race.

Before the traditional “On your mark. Get set. Go!” proclamation, she encouraged the crowd to chant, “Together we can cure Alzheimer’s!”

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