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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Fairfield County Coastal WalkAmerica 2005 Set For May 1

The Fairfield County Coastal WalkAmerica will be held Sunday, May 1, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The annual event raises money for the March of Dimes which seeks to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

Now in its 35th year, WalkAmerica is expected to draw almost half a million walkers nationwide. Last year, the Fairfield County Coastal Walk attracted 1,000 participants and raised more than $200,000.

WalkAmerica offers several ways of involvement—raising money through sponsors and walking as an individual, as part of team, or by being invited by family, friends, or business associates.

Volunteers are also needed to register walkers, staff checkpoints, or offer refreshments.

Each year, 476,000 babies are born premature in the United States and almost half of early births happen for unknown reasons, according to the March of Dimes. Through WalkAmerica and other fund-raising, the charity attempts to determine the reasons for the early births and prevent them in the future.

Registration for the 3.5 mile walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk itself will begin at 10 a.m. Participants may register online at http://www.marchofdimes.com or contact Joanne Boyer at (203) 849-9800 for more information.

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Posted 02/27/05 at 12:25 AM  Permalink



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