Annual Stan the Marathon Man Race Benefits Local Alzheimer's Education

Sep 9, 2016

Run and walk charts course along Animas River Trail.

The recent death of actor Gene Wilder from complications due to Alzheimer's is putting a new spotlight on the disease. It's a brain disorder that isn't curable, and keeps getting worse. First it robs a person of their memory and thinking skills, and later even basic tasks become all but impossible.

Some health experts say more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's.

A few years ago, it took the life of a popular Durango school teacher and counselor named Stan Rabbe.

To honor Rabbe, who was also an accomplished athlete, the Alzheimer's Association of Durango and Athletes to end Alzheimer's put together a 5K and 10K walk and run along the Animas River Trail.

The Stan the Marathon Man 5 & 10K Walk and Run gets underway at 9:30 this Saturday (September 10) at Santa Rita Park, with runners heading out before the walkers. The Cannondolls, the Dan Higbee Band, and Batucada provide live music along the course.

Ken Fagerlin is one of the organizers of the Stan the Marathon Man Walk & Run. He talked to us recently about the event, and particularly about Stan Rabbe.