OXFORD — The sixth annual Oxford “Fun”Athlon will take place on Saturday, June 1, in Oxford. The event will benefit the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association and its search for a cure for CMT disease.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a “progressive nerve disease that affects 3 million people, impairing their ability to walk, balance and perform basic activities. It can be severely disabling and even life-threatening,” according to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, which is leading the fight for treatment and eventual cure. Recent research advances, coupled with vigorous fundraising, have put this goal within sight.

Raising awareness of CMT is another key part of the CMTA’s mission as many people who have it go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and early intervention can help prevent some of the symptoms associated with the disease.

This year, the Oxford Funathlon consists of a 1-mile swim across the Tred Avon River, followed by a 20-mile ride through the countryside of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Participants are welcome to take part in either or both events. Those less athletically inclined can walk a route through the picturesque town. The “Fun”Athlon will culminate with a party and crab cakes at Doc’s Riverside Grill.

The “Fun”Athlon will kick off with registration at the Oxford Ferry parking lot next to the Robert Morris Inn at 7:30 a.m.. The swim portion of the event will start at 9 a.m. Registration is $100 to swim and/or cycle, $50 for walkers and $25 for lunch alone. All participants will receive an event T-shirt, water bottle and lunch at Doc’s Seaside Grill.

To register or donate, visit www.cmtausa.org/funathlon/.

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