Over a year after his untimely death, Max Pardington continues to affect lives in a positive way.
The former Canton resident who passed away last June at the age of 20 from hypertropic cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart, is the inspiration for the Live Like Max 5K walk/run set for Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m. on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, which is located at 3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, 48324.
All proceeds raised by the upcoming event will go toward Beaumont Hospital’s student heart check program, a thorough examination that can help detect the silent killer that claimed Pardington, who was a standout athlete training for an Ironman competition at the time of his death.
It is believed that if Pardington — and other victims of hypertropiccardiomyopathy — had undergone a healthy heart check during high school physicals, he may still be alive today.
The Live Like Max 5K will be run on a certified course and Fast Dog Timing will be timing the event.
The address for St. Mary’s is 3535 Commerce Road Orchard Lake, MI 48324. Day-of registration will be conducted near the start line and registration area. Restrooms are close to the registration area.
The walk/run will cover gravel, grass and paved roads. Children in strollers are welcome.
Race packets will be available on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Road Runner Sports, which is located at 4297 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. The race packets will include bibs for racers, a 10-percent-off coupon good for all purchases at Road Runner Sports, a course map, information about sponsors and T-shirts.
Water will be provided for event participants at aid stations along the route. There will also be fruit, bagels and sports bars at the end of the route.
The entry fee will be $30 for adults and $15 for students (18 years old and under) until Aug. 9. The registration fee will be $35 for adults and $20 for students the day of the event.
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in several age divisions for participants to register for the competitive run.
Registration forms can be picked up at Holiday Market in Canton or found on the http://www.livelikemax.org website.