Friday, May 3, 2013

DNA Day 5K

If you like getting active for yourself and for your kiddos, then here's the perfect family activity for you!  Stir Crazy Mom supporter Bob sent us this info about the DNA Day 5K coming up on May 18th on UNC's campus.  They allow strollers and dogs, so you can bring out your whole family and run the 5K yourself.  Then, after the race, they will have a kids fun run you can sign the kiddos up for.  So, everyone gets to join in on the fun.  The best part is that your registration fee will support bringing science into our children's classroom.  Everyone wins!  We will definitely be out there for a fun morning with the kiddos.

Here is a more detailed description of the race:

On May 18th 2013, UNC will be hosting the first annual NC DNA day 5K and kids fun run as a fundraiser to support science outreach.  Specifially, the 5K will support NC DNA day, which is an annual event held on April 25th to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in April 1953.

To honor these discoveries and to share their passion for genetics and genomics research, scientists on NC DNA day present interactive hands-on lessons to over 7000 students at 100 high schools statewide.  The NC DNA day lessons allow students to isolate DNA, learn about genetic diseases, and hear about a research career path directly from research scientists.

In addition to the 5K also on May 18th, UNC will be hosting a science festival, open to the public, to extend the mission of NC DNA day to a broader audience.  This event will present the NC DNA day lessons as well as a number of other scientific demonstrations right on UNC's campus.

Following the 5K there will be a fun run for kids ages 12 and under.  The kids' fun run will be along the final 100-200m of the 5K race course, finishing in the same chute.  Parents, even if they run the 5K, will be able to and are encourages to run alongside their kids.

For more information on NC DNA day or to register for the NC DNA day 5K of kids' fun run, visit:

Come out and support science outreach!

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