NEI 5K a Success
The National Eye Institute hosted a 5K run/walk on Oct. 24 as part of a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. An estimated 300 NIH’ers and guests braved the chilly weather to pound the 3.25-mile course around the perimeter of the NIH campus.
Beyond the 5K itself, the day featured exhibits, food and fun. Visitors outside Bldg. 1 had a chance to try out NEI’s new virtual reality experience, an educational tool that simulates what the world looks like to people with age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. There were also free vision screenings offered by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington.
Also on hand were representatives from the NIH Blood Bank and members of the physical therapy team from the Clinical Center’s department of rehabilitation medicine. Lunch was available via food trucks.
Lilly Sadler, NEI management analyst, and Amishi Shah, NEI senior health communications specialist, coordinated the event with help from Chris Gaines, ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services.