Third annual Riverhead Walk to End Alzheimer’s hits downtown

08/23/2014 4:00 PM |
Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer's Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

As the ALS Challenge sweeps across the nation on social media, nearly 100 people took to the streets around downtown Riverhead Saturday morning to raise money for another deadly disease: Alzheimer’s. 

The third annual Riverhead Walk  to End Alzheimer’s began at the Sea Star Banquet Hall next to the Long Island Aquarium. Partipants walked through downtown and looped back along the Peconic Riverfront.

A clambake at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium concluded the day’s festivities.

The group set out to raise $50,000. The total donation listed on the website as of Saturday afternoon was a little over $15,000. There’s still time to donate.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain and is the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Walkers cross the bridge in downtown Riverhead during Saturday's walk. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Walkers cross the bridge in downtown Riverhead during Saturday’s walk. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)