GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It's not often a race begins and ends with beer, but that was the case Saturday in downtown Grand Rapids.
The "Race to End Duchenne" brought 1,200 people to the Grand Rapids Brewing Company for a .1K. Organizers say they wanted to create a fun way to raise money for a serious disease.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive disorder that affects muscle growth in young boys. One in 3,500 boys born today are affected.
"We had a lot of friends who were involved in this and it's a great cause to end Duchenne," said Rom Wojitsik, who served as the race organizer. "It's a good time for people here to gather up to do this."
It also means a lot to the families of those affected.
"This means everything to my family and to all families that have children with Duchenne," said Mike Friar, whose two sons both have Duchenne. "I can't even put it into words, and we struggle daily with [this disease]. To see 1,000 people come out, it rocks my world."
Organizers hoped to raise 25,000 dollars at Saturday's event.