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The 2024 Arizona Miles for Migraine Walk, Run, and Relax Event is Coming to Tempe

Posted on March 7, 2024 in

The eighth annual Arizona Miles for Migraine walk, run, and relax event will take place on Saturday, March 9th, 2024 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. This half-day event, which is free to register for, includes an untimed two-mile walk, a timed five-kilometer run, and an opportunity for local migraine sufferers and the public to connect, learn more about efforts to treat and cure migraine headaches, and enjoy the event’s festival area activities.

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This year’s run, walk, and relax gathering is a hybrid in-person and virtual event. All walk-and-run finishers receive a finisher medal. Participants can join in person or online from anywhere, engaging in their own physical activities on their own schedule and at their own pace (event swag items and a finisher medal are also available to virtual participants for an added fee).

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Funds raised at the event support local migraine research, specialty training in the field of headache medicine for doctors, and Miles for Migraine programming in Arizona. Local beneficiaries for the 2024 event include Arizona Mayo Clinic, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute, and the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Here is an outline of the day’s activities:

  • Fri, March 8, 2024 4:00 PM – Pre-Event Packet Pick Up
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 9:00 AM – Event Day Check-In / Packet Pick Up
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 9:30 AM – Pre Event Awards and Speakers
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 10:00 AM – Walk/Run Starts
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 10:40 AM – Post Event Awards for 5K Runners
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 11:10 AM – Walk/Run Course Closes

What is Miles for Migraine?

To eliminate the headache specialist shortage for all.”

Miles for Migraine, a nationwide advocacy organization for migraine sufferers, organizes the annual Arizona Walk, Run, and Relax event and other fundraising and awareness-raising events across the United States. Miles for Migraine held its first 5K and 10K run and 2-mile walk in the fall of 2008 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with approximately 200 participants.

Helping the Lives of Migraine Sufferers

Miles for Migraine improves the lives of people with migraines and primary headache disorders.

It funds fellowship programs to alleviate the shortage of doctors with specialist training in headaches and migraines, creates in-person and virtual communities for migraine patients and their families through patient participatory programs and activities, and promotes a better understanding of migraine management, treatments, studies, and research.

Specific efforts include:

  • Walk/run events
  • Educational events
  • An advocacy training program
  • Virtual support groups and interactive virtual gatherings
  • In-person meeting events in several cities
  • Family programs
  • Mindfulness and self-care virtual program

Miles for Migraine also partners with the Patient Advocate Foundation to provide Migraine Matters to serve the needs of patients and the providers working on behalf of their care with actionable information on the topics they need.

Supporting Migraine Neurological Disorder Research

Miles for Migraine has raised more than $500,000 annually for headache fellowship programs since 2020. Miles for Migraine supports migraine and other headache sufferers in the following ways:

What Are Migraines?

A migraine is more than just a bad headache. Migraine headache disorders are actually a neurological disease that can be hereditary. A migraine interferes with how the brain processes pain, light, sound, and smell sensations. An acute migraine episode can lead to increased sensitivity reactions to otherwise seemingly normal visual and audible inputs sunlight or music.

Common Symptoms of Migraines

A migraine headache is often accompanied by additional neurological symptoms, including nausea, dizziness, numbness, vision difficulties, and a general feeling of muscle weakness. Migraine attacks can last from hours to days. For some people, migraine symptoms can be continuous.

Aside from a hereditary connection in some cases, migraines have no known cause, only treatment. Nor is there any test to diagnose a migraine condition. Certain stimuli can trigger migraines, but they are not themselves the cause of migraines.

While there are triggers that can bring on headache attacks in migraine, those are not the cause of the condition.

Facts About Migraines

  • About 36 million people in the US suffer from migraines, almost 10 percent of the population.
  • About 4 out of every 100 people have some form of daily headache, with migraines accounting for most of them.
  • Migraines occur three times more often in women than in men.
  • Military veterans are about three times more susceptible to migraines than the general population. Estimates vary, but anywhere from one-fifth to one-third of US military veterans have experienced migraines or other chronic headaches.
  • Worldwide, migraines are the second leading cause of productive time lost for most people. Migraines are a frequent source of veteran disability benefit claims.

Walk, Run, or Relax in Support of a Worthy Cause

No matter what the weather may be, and no matter how busy you are, on March 9th you can get active or sit back in support of local Arizona migraine researchers, and have an enjoyable time all at once. This year’s hybrid event format makes it easy to get involved, to learn, to meet others, and to share.

You can go to the Arizona Miles for Migraine Walk, Run, and Relax event here.