Why Do We Need Healthy Kidneys?
Kidneys remove waste and excess water from bloodstreams. They also help control blood pressure levels. And yet, as they important as they are, we sometimes fail to recognize signs of kidney disease until real or permanent damage is done. It’s true that we can function with a single kidney for a while. It’s true that dialysis machines can replace actual kidneys for a while. But in order to truly obtain the benefits derived from the two kidneys nature intended us to have, we need to keep them intact and healthy. And this is not just one nation’s issue. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) was identified as an increasing global health problem in 2004. Since then, medical professionals, administrators, and government officials have all struggled to find ways to make the public aware of this serious health issue, and to raise funds for treatment and research.
The Healthy Kidney 10K Race
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), received treatment and ultimately a kidney transplant in the United States’ Cleveland Clinic early in the 21st century. After his death, a 10 kilometer road race was created in his honor and sponsored by the UAE, the proceeds of which benefit the National Kidney Foundation. This organization helps locate organs for transplant, and assists CKD sufferers with support and services. The race is held annually and in New York City’s Central Park. The Healthy Kidney 10K is really several races in one-an “elite level” race for men and women, an open “fun run” for the general public, and more recently, a special 10K event was added for younger runners. All races are followed by a festival. Athletes from all over the world come to compete in this event, which features a challenging course. Held on May 14, 2016, the race had 8,000+ participants, thousands of enthusiastic spectators, and beautiful weather. Kenyans Lucas Rotich (time 28:29) and Cynthia Leno (time 31:39) won the men and women’s races.
You Don’t Have to Be a Pro to Participate
The 2017 Healthy Kidney 10K will be held on Sunday, April 9th. Thousands of spectators and participants are again expected. There will be excitement, experience, and prizes for all levels of runners, the chance to participate in one of New York City’s most exciting road races, and the chance to help raise funds and knowledge to combat a serious disease. So mark your calendars now for a chance to participate either as a racer or spectator in this transformative event.