"You better make your face up in your favorite disguise," sings Roger Waters on Pink Floyd's Run Like Hell. While the song, part of the story cycle of The Wall, details the character Pink's hallucination of himself as a fascist dictator who turns a concert crowd into an unruly mob and orders them to expeditiously raid nearby neighborhoods, this particular lyric, oddly enough, may also apply to the 2010 Run Like Hell 5K run, walk, or crawl sponsored by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Run Like Hell takes place this Friday October 29. Registration is at 6:30 P.M., and the race starts at 7:00 P.M. Beginning at dusk and ending appropriately enough in darkness, the race starts at Distillery Commons, and its course twists around the Highlands area and back. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes for the race. But if you're jogging behind a guy in a Richard Simmons costume of red and white striped short shorts and a tank top, you may want to speed up.
When the race is over, there will be a Halloween Bash complete with a costume contest, food, and music from 93.1 the Fox. In addition, each runner will receive a glow-in-the-dark necklace provided by Coolglow.com. And if you don't yet have a costume, Louise Cecil Costumes is offering a 10% discount for all participants.
When race festivities at Distillery Commons are over, there will be a 21 and over party exclusively for all Run Like Hell participants and sponsors at O'Shea's on Baxter Avenue.
Runners and walkers can pick up their entry packets at Fleet Feet on October 28th from 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. and October 29th from 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. The registration fee is $30.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of nearly 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 worldwide. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, has a mission to assure the development of the means to cure and control Cystic Fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
This year's running falls nearly ten years after the passing of one of Louisville's most high profile CF patients, Chad Hildreth. The former CF poster child, Actor's Theatre apprentice, Blue Apple Player, cable access TV staple, and U of L theater regular was just 30 when he lost his fight. His spirit, however, lives on in all those who he made laugh. So if you are a novice runner trudging through the Highlands around the two-mile marker and think you can't finish, think of all of the physical hardships Chad and other CF patients have had to endure. That should offer some perspective and fight and the knowledge that you are helping work toward the goal of eradicating a disease that has taken so many way too soon.