Join the Running Team
Will you go the distance for Parkinson's? We are excited to offer a limited quantity of entries in the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Claim your spot today before your favorite race is sold out!
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an avid runner, there’s a distance for everyone. The series includes more than 20 races (5ks, 10ks, half and full marathons) across the US featuring commemorative medals and live music.
See the full list of available races below. Contact us at email@example.com to find out how you can lace up your running shoes as a PDF Champion.
Remember, our team will support you every step of the way. PDF Champions are provided with fundraising guidance, including a personal webpage, as well as gear, including a racing jersey, banner, hat and wristband. Note there are required fundraising minimums to benefit Parkinson’s research which may vary by distance. Application deadlines are typically at least two weeks before the desired race.
Run for PDF: Rock ‘n’ Roll Races*
Each date includes multiple race options.
- Saturday, March 11: Washington, DC
- Saturday, March 18 to Sunday, March 19: Dallas, TX
- Sunday, March 26: San Francisco, CA
- Saturday, April 1 to Sunday, April 2: Raleigh, NC
- Sunday, April 2: Carlsbad, CA
- Saturday, April 29: Nashville, TN
- Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 4: San Diego, CA
- Sunday, June 18: Seattle, WA
- Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 16: Chicago, IL
- Saturday, September 2 to Sunday, September 3: Virginia Beach, VA
- Saturday, September 16 to Sunday, September 17: Philadelphia, PA
- Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, September 24: Montreal, Canada
- Saturday, October 7 to Sunday, October 8: San Jose, CA
- Saturday, October 14: Brooklyn, NY
- Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, October 15: St. Louis, MO
- Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, October 15: Denver, CO
- Sunday, October 29: Los Angeles, CA
- Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 5: Savannah, GA
- Saturday, November 11 to Sunday, November 12: Las Vegas, NV
- Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, December 3: San Antonio, TX
Required fundraising minimums to benefit Parkinson’s research may vary by distance. Applications are required in advance at least two weeks before the desired race.
Don’t see your city on the list? Sign up for your own race and dedicate your efforts to Parkinson’s. Get inspired and read about what motivated the runners below to join the team.
Meet Past Champions
Jonathan E. Romero, Jr. of New York, NY, ran 13.1 miles in the Staten Island Half Marathon on October 9, 2016, raising $5,000 for PDF in memory of his father.
Mr. Romero's passion for the cause is not new. He has been involved with PDF as a volunteer leader for nearly a decade. In 2008, he and his brother Gregory joined forces with other young professionals to form the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee, a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing Parkinson’s research. Each year, this committee, with Mr. Romero serving as Co-Chair, hosts Celebrate Spring New York, an event which has raised more than $750,000 for PDF’s research programs since its inception.
“Parkinson’s is a cruel disease, which does not just affect the person living with it. It affects the entire family and an extended community of friends and loved ones. Since my dad passed away in 2003 with a rare form of parkinsonism, my family has been determined to do anything we could to ensure no other family would have to go through the difficult journey that we did,” says Mr. Romero.
Cynthia Runs a Half Marathon to Honor Her Boss
Cynthia Springford of Plaistow, NH, is working overtime for Parkinson’s. She ran 13.1 miles in the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon in Hampton Beach, NH, on October 2, 2016, raising $1,850 for PDF in honor of her boss.
“The Parkinson's cause is important to me because my boss has been living with the disease for the past nine years. Working with him day after day, I see how it can affect him. Some days are easier than others. Some days are tougher. I feel the need to give back and help end Parkinson’s the only way I know how … to run for him,” says Cynthia.