A group of dedicated Oklahomans will run for the Alzheimer's Association's Longest Day event that started last night at midnight.
The 10 runners are participating to honor the passion and strength displayed by people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers every day. The group will tag team the almost 110 mile journey from Montereau Retirement Community in Tulsa to Cypress Springs Alzheimer's and Memory Support Residence in Oklahoma City.
President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association in Oklahoma and Arkansas Mark Fried is one of the ten individuals participating in the run.
"The opportunity for me to be a part of a nationwide effort that pushes people's physical limits, as a way to show my support for those who live the Alzheimer's journey every day, is truly a privilege," said Fried. "On June 20, when I'm tired and out in the heat all by myself, I will be thinking about my grandmother and running for her."
Fried's grandmother is a personal hero of his because she selflessly cared for Fried's Grandfather who suffered from the disease.
Other members of the team running with Fried include Jason Cotter, Charlie Crouse, Rick Hadrava, Jim Holman, Randle Lee, Scott Parman, Eric Wilcox, Carl Rowe and Matt Wilson.
The team invites the public to cheer them on near the finish line at Cypress Springs Alzheimer's and Memory Support Residence in Oklahoma City where they are expected to cross around 5 p.m.