Philadelphians will put their feet to the pavement on Sunday, June 9, for the inaugural Step Beyond Celiac Philly 5K run/walk at the Philadelphia Zoo. The event benefits Beyond Celiac whose mission is to advance research to find treatment options and, eventually, a cure for celiac disease.

Step Beyond Celiac Philly 5K is a fun run/walk event for the entire family. The course will be a unique experience, taking runners and walkers around the Philadelphia Zoo. On-site registration opens at 7:00 am and the race starts at 8:00 am.

“In addition to supporting the Beyond Celiac research efforts, the Step Beyond Celiac 5K also will help us develop a global patient registry of people diagnosed with celiac disease who want to participate in research studies, including clinical trials,” said Alice Bast, Beyond Celiac CEO. “Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine when gluten is ingested. We have to find a cure for celiac disease, which affects one in 133 Americans,” she added.

Pre-registration fees for a walker/runner are $40 for adults and $35 for kids. Day-of registration fees are $50 for adults and $45 for kids. For greater savings, gather a group of friends and register as a Team.

All participants receive a free same-day admission to the Philadelphia Zoo. Gluten-free boxed lunches are available for purchase with registration until June 4. The Phillie Phanatic and other special guests will be on hand to cheer on the participants. The overall male and overall female winners as well as the top finishers in multiple age brackets will receive prizes.

About Beyond Celiac

For more than 15 years, Beyond Celiac has been the leading patient advocate and research-driven celiac disease organization working to drive diagnosis, advance research and accelerate the discovery of new treatments and a cure. By engaging with the top scientists in the field, awarding research grants, and supporting the community, Beyond Celiac envisions a world in which people with celiac disease can live healthy lives and eat without fear – a world Beyond Celiac.

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