City of Midland Prepares for Aphasia Run, Walk and Bike Race

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Saturday's 5K run, walk and cycle event is to raise awareness for an otherwise forgotten cause, Aphasia.

"Aphasia is someone who had a stroke and now have a hard time talking and converting written words. We need to support it more," Peyton's Bikes owner, David Hamm said.

All day Saturday, downtown Midland will be closed to traffic for the event making it easier for participants to maneuver around.

"We'll have a bike race for beginners and advanced riders," Hamm said.

"Saturday will be a full day of activities. We'll have beer, margaritas and food vendors, bring your blanket and lawn chair and come out," Concert Coordinator, Lisa Grissom said.

To wind up a day of activities, a free concert will take place at Centennial Plaza.

"Our headliner will be the lead drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, so that will be great and also we'll have a local band open up for them," Grissom said.

"We hope people will come out and enjoy a beautiful day and be active in Downtown Midland," Jasha Cultreri with PBCA, said.

The Aphasia benefit will start Saturday morning at 8a.m. If you haven't already registered, you can do it on site Saturday morning.