Loudoun Now: 2016 Lyme Run Looks to Raise Record Funds to Combat the Disease


More than 1,200 people are expected to converge on Brambleton Town Center on Sunday, May 15, for what’s become the largest event to combat Lyme disease in the country.

“It’s one of the most mission-driven events,” said Steve Gotschi, founder of the Loudoun Lyme Run and owner of Sterling-based DryHome Roofing and Siding. “Seventy-five to 80 percent of the participants have been affected by Lyme disease in one way or another.”

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most misdiagnosed and fastest-growing infectious diseases.

The Loudoun Lyme Run, now in its sixth year, raises money for the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, which works to heighten awareness of the disease and put money toward research to prevent and treat it.

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