Take CF Away Cycle & 5K

Take CF Away Cycle & 5K
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Event Info

Date: May 04, 2019

Location: Downtown Pittsboro
40 E. Chatham St Pittsboro, NC 27312

Contact: takecfaway@gmail.com

Join us for a truly unique event in honor of two brave little girls, Kelsie (age 8) and Mackenzie (age 3), both of whom were born with a chronic, progressive,  and incurable disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  100% of the proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization that is working tirelessly to fund life-saving research that will improve the lives of those affected by CF and hopefully one day discover a cure.

Participants can choose between a 5k run/walk, a 42-mile bike ride, or a 64-mile bike ride, and enjoy the lunch time family friendly activities.  All runners and riders will begin at the start/finish line located at the Chatham County Court House, just behind the Chatham Historical Museum.

The 42- and 64-mile rides will leave downtown Pittsboro and take you through rolling hills, pasture lands and farms of the Silk Hope and Snow Camp communities, eventually returning to downtown Pittsboro. The rides are fully supported with rest stops, SAG and emergency service. 5k participants will depart the courthouse area on Pittsboro’s relatively flat historic downtown streets, before transitioning to oak shaded residential roads with gentle hills, and then returning to the courthouse. All routes were strategically picked to make this an enjoyable run or ride. 


Why is this important to us: If you met Kelsie (age 8) and Mackenzie (age 3), you would think they were just like any other healthy child. But what you cannot see from the outside is the disease they battle every single day and the exhaustive number of daily medications and treatments required for them to stay healthy.   They were both born with a chronic, progressive, and incurable disease called cystic fibrosis (CF). CF primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. It is most damaging in the lungs where it can cause chronic infections and inflammation that can compromise one's ability to breathe and lead to irreparable damage. While our girls are currently doing well on their daily medications and lung therapies, we do not want to get too comfortable and get to the point of indifference. We do not want to sit back on our hands with a “wait and see” mentality. We want to be proactive while they are still healthy and before CF does too much damage to their bodies. 

So, currently our greatest fight is not in the day to day, but for the days to come. We know there is a lot of work being done to help develop new therapies for people living with CF, therapies that could make a drastic difference in the quality of their lives and give them more time on Earth with the ones they love. We know the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the main supporter of this research and this quest to find a cure. They have made incredible gains over the past several decades, and have literally helped changed the face of this disease through their hard work and subsequent discovery of new drugs and life saving therapies. Therefore, we are dedicated to commit our time and energy year after year to raising money for this organization that provides so much promise to our girls and the thousands of others living with CF.  

This year we are setting our goal higher than ever before and we are aiming to raise $50,000 in support of this phenomenal organization! We are boldly reaching our arms and hearts out wide and ask you to consider to donating this cause on our behalf and/or coming out to support us at this event. We can't say enough how thankful we are for each pledge of support.