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Prader-Willi Syndrome 5K in Milton attracts 92 runners

Race to raise awareness and funds for education
November 20, 2019

The inaugural Prader-Willi Syndrome 5K Run and Walk staged at Irish Eyes in Milton Nov. 17 attracted 92 runners, many of whom seemed to know each other. 

The weather was blustery, to put it mildly, but a predicted rain never fell.

The first five finishers showed a diversity of ages. Veteran masters runner Mike Sewell passed early pacesetter Jakob Hayes, 14, winning by 10 seconds, 18:43 to 18:53. 

Rick Boyle, 67, of Rickey Hill, N.J., placed third in 21:09, followed by Mason Marrone, 13, in 22:23 and 9-year-old Ethan Thompson in 22:27.

Cherylyn Minto, 42, was the first female finisher in 23:42, followed by Jen Perry in 24:42, Constance Bean in 25:28, Arina Varrato and Kelly Van Patton.  

The enthusiasm and purpose for the race was to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome and to raise funds for education. 

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects normal growth and development, and can be characterized by nagging hunger, obesity, diabetes, scoliosis and other manifestations. There is no cure, but the syndrome can be treated by hormone therapy and behavior modification.