The second annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5-Kilometer Road Race will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. — during Christmas by the Sea weekend — at the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center.

Racers should check in by 8 a.m. The 3.1-mile course will start at the bottom of the mountain and wind through the resort complex to the summit before it turns and heads back to the base of the resort.

More than 40 runners ran last year and there will be prizes for the winners. All who enter will receive a T-shirt. The race is organized by the West Bay Rotary club of Camden.

The race, in memory of Thomas F. Chester, will benefit Augie’s Quest, which is an amyotrophic lateral sclerosi charitiy. A runner in high school, “Big Tom” lost his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in June 2009.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually leading to death. There is no cure for the disease and there is no recovery from it. “Big Tom” was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 at age 72.

The first signs appeared in his hands; he was no longer able to unclench his fists or move his fingers. He told everyone he was “just getting old.” The disease progressed through his body, robbing him of the ability to walk, stand and eventually move at all.

Through the ordeal he never complained and never asked why this was his burden to bear. He was a runner in high school and always told stories of his track exploits and the annual 5K run is a fitting tribute to his memory.

Tax-deductible donations can be made via the Frozen 5K website at Sponsorships for the race are available.

For more information, call Tom C. Chester at 975-0134 or click here.

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