A Kansas City Memorial Day tradition continues, but with a new name. Going the Distance for Brain Injury Memorial Day Run, formerly the Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury, this year’s run calls attention to the more than 21,000 individuals in the Greater Kansas City and Kansas area who are affected by a brain injury every year. All events will start and finish at the Loose Park Pavilion at 51st Street and Wornall Road, rain or shine.

New this year, the race will feature a 10K. Other race categories include a 5K, 1.5 mile Walk for Thought and Fun4Kids event. The 10K and 5K courses are chip timed with the 10K certified; all participants will receive a colorful t-shirt. Runners, walkers, wheelchair participants and families are encouraged to take part in the events including music, refreshments and vendor displays.

The 10K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K and Walk for Thought. Until May 16, registration for the 10K is $40 per person; the 5K and Walk for Thought are $35 per person. Beginning May 17 until race day, registration increases to $45 for the 10K; the 5K and the Walk is $40; the Fun4kids Event is $10. To register, visit http://www.biarun.org/register.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater KC (BIAKS), the only non-profit in the area serving individuals with brain injury.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event, visit http://www.biarun.org/get-involved. For more information about BIAKS visit http://biaks.org/index.htm.