Race for Matt and Grace 5K fundraiser is Sept. 23

Race for Matt and Grace 5K fundraiser is Sept. 23

PROVIDENCE – The 8th annual Race for Matt and Grace, a 5K run, walk, or roll event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.

There will be a post-race party at the Portuguese American Social and Athletic Club, 32 Fenwood Ave., in Smithfield, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be food, drinks, raffles and live entertainment.

The race honors Matt Dilorio, of Johnston, as well as Grace Hopkins and Alex Fielding, who are all living with Friedreich’s Ataxia. According to the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, FA is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder, affecting about one in 50,000 people in the United States.

Race proceeds go toward the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

Register in advance for $30 online at www.curefa.org/rfmg or register on race day for $35.