Hempstead, N.Y.– The Village of Hempstead will be holding its annual Tyree Curry 5K Memorial Run/Walk Health Fair and Hempstead Community Day on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Village hosts this event every year as part of Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr.’s ongoing commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles. The Tyree Curry 5K will also include a health fair and Hempstead Community Day. Community day events include a free concert, health screenings, food, face painting, fitness classes, balloon artists, a bouncy house and family-friendly games. In anticipation of the run, certain roads will be closed to the public on the day of the event.
“The Tyree Curry 5K Memorial Run/Walk and Health Fair is one of the most important events of the year,” said Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. “There are new reports every day about the dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle. The Tyree Curry 5K Memorial Run/Walk yHealth Fair and Hempstead Community Day is a great way for the community to support this worthy cause and accept the challenge of leading a healthy lifestyle.”
Registration/Check-In for the race begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9:00 a.m. outside Village Hall at 99 Nichols Court and circle through the downtown before heading back to Village Hall. Roads that will be affected by the Tyree Curry 5K route include Main Street, Front Street, President Street/Cathedral Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and North Franklin Street. Drivers should plan on using alternate routes, and residents near the specified streets should be aware that road access may be limited.
Tyree Curry was a beloved a school administrator who served in the school system for 32 years. He was also a photographer, musician and disc jockey. He helped to improve education for several generations of Hempstead's youth, as he fought to make things better for African-Americans and all others in the community. Mayor Wayne Hall has renamed the annual 5K races in his honor. Proceeds from this year’s Tyree Curry 5K will be donated to NephCure Kidney International (NKI) – www.nephcure.org. NephCure is the only organization in the world that focuses on raising money for research to find better treatments and a cure for some of the most devastating kidney diseases affecting children and adults: Nephrotic Syndrome (NS) and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Hempstead and surrounding neighborhood residents are encouraged to help in any way they can, whether by donating directly to NephCure, participating in the race, or sponsoring a runner.
“The Village of Hempstead is pleased to support the mission of NephCure Kidney International,” added Mayor Hall. “According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney diseases are the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. Proceeds from the Tyree Curry 5K will go toward researching better treatments for patients who are suffering every day.”
The pre-registration fee for the Tyree Curry 5K Memorial Run/Walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 8-18. The pre-registration deadline is Thursday, June 9. Day of the race registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 8-18. All Hempstead residents are encouraged to attend. The Health Fair and Community Day events which includes a live concert, free health screenings, food, fitness classes and kids activities will be open during and after the race at Denton Green Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Awards will be given to the top Male & Female Overall finisher. There will also be awards for the first three male and female finishers in the following age categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +.
For more information, please call the Incorporated Village of Hempstead at 516.489.3400 or visit the website at www.villageofhempstead.org. To learn more about NephCure Kidney International, please visit www.nephcure.org.