Race for Matt and Grace 5K fundraiser is Sept. 22

Race for Matt and Grace 5K fundraiser is Sept. 22

PROVIDENCE – The 9th annual Race for Matt and Grace, a 5K run, walk, or roll event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. Registration is 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, immediately following the race, featuring food, drinks, raffles and entertainment.

The race honors Matt Dilorio, of Johnston, and Grace Hopkins, of Connecticut, as well as fellow Rhode Islander Alex Fielding, all of whom are living with Friedreich’s Ataxia, 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.