At least four skaters will try to stay on the ice for 24 hours straight in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Skate-a-thon that began Friday at noon. The event is a fundraiser in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
The public is invited to participate until noon Saturday at the UNMC rink located east of South 42nd Street between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. Cost is $10 and the registration fee includes skate rental. Participants may skate for as long as they wish.
The previous three UNMC Skate-a-thons netted more than $110,000. Proceeds go toward Parkinson’s research at UNMC and The Parkinson’s Health Development, a nonprofit local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.
The four determined skaters planning to last the entire 24 hours are Jim Hinrichs, John Seminara (65 years old), Kevin Powers and Ronnie Starks.
To keep everybody loose, the Skate-a-thon will include a dance party on ice, yoga on ice, a pajama skate and a skivvy skate.