photo of Scott Mackler watching the Oct. 2009 race

Scott Mackler watches racers back in 2009.

Come out for the 18th Annual Scott Mackler 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 22, the race starting at 12:30 p.m. The start and finish are at Temple Beth El on Possum Park Road in Newark.

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It started in 1999, right after CRR Scott Mackler was diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who’s walked or run this 5K course in the past can attest to it being what CRR Mark Deshon calls “the toughest road 5K in Delaware,” which is why many people choose to take it light and walk. Creek Road Runners run it. The event features a full buffet after the run and awards for top finishers.

Though Mackler lost his long battle with this degenerative disease four years ago, the legacy he left still inspires all to help those with this terrible disease, through research and assistive technology. Because of the Scott Mackler Assistive Technology Fund and donations from this race, there has never been an ALS patient in the greater Philadelphia area who has gone without communicative technology for want of money.