The third annual UFAR 5k to Combat Riverblindness was held on Saturday, October 6 at Princeton Theological Seminary at 64 Mercer Street in Princeton. Race results have been posted on the UFAR website.
The run/walk started and ended at Princeton Theological Seminary at College Avenue in Princeton. There was a timed 5K run and a fun run/walk. Prizes were awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. The $20 advance registration fee or the $25 day of the event entry fee will benefit the United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR).
One runner’s contribution will keep 12 people from going blind. The medicine for riverblindness is provided free by Merck & Co., but distributing it to remote villages costs 58 cents per person per year for 10 years. One-third of the 60 million people in the DRC are at risk for getting riverblindness, which starts with a rash and leads to sight loss, forcing children to leave school to care for parents. UFAR sponsors include: Merck & Co, Sight Savers International, Princeton United Methodist Church, and the Princeton Eye Group.