Join the Running Team
Will you pound the pavement for Parkinson's? Lace up your running sneakers for PDF to help fight Parkinson's.
If you haven't chosen a race yet, scroll down to search for a race near you. Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can run in a PDF Champions singlet! Remember, we'll be with you every step of the way to guide your fundraising and get you geared up for race day. Get inspired and read about what motivated the runners below to join PDF's team in the Marine Corps Marathon and Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll 10k.
Benefits of Joining PDF Champions Running Team
In recognition of fundraising, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) will provide its runners with:
- a race entry
- fundraising support and guidance
- a personal fundraising webpage
- PDF gear (hat, banners, wristband and a racing jersey)!
Meet Past Champions
Brooklyn, NY, native Michael Scire ran 13.1 miles in the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15, 2015 raising more than $800.
Mr. Scire, 23, is a physical education teacher and lifeguard. After experiencing how the disease touched his family, he was inspired to dedicate his first half marathon to the Parkinson’s cause.
“My Poppop and I were so close. He was the strongest man I ever met and to see his struggle with Parkinson's hurt me so much,” says Mr. Scire. “If I can help just one person who also struggles with this disease by running through the streets of New York in a PDF jersey, that will have made it all worth it.”
Architect Honors Friend Living with PD and Brother in Marines
When Sarah Klymson of Chicago, IL, ran the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC, it was extra special. She joined PDF's marathon team in honor of a friend who is living with PD and to honor her brother Brian, a Marine currently deployed in Japan.
The architect is an avid runner, having already completed three Chicago marathons. She says having a charity component gives her extra motivation to cross the finish line.
"Training for a marathon is a really difficult task, but when you're doing it for a cause or a reason that means something to you, it's so much more important and fulfilling than just doing it for yourself. It makes running more worthwhile," says Sarah.
Five runners joined PDF's team in the Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn 10k in Brooklyn, NY, on October 12, 2013. Kevin Gramata, Shelton Hollers, Colleen Joyce and Katherine Jurgens ran through Prospect Park to make a difference in the lives of their loved ones living with PD and others who may be affected. Together, they raised $6,686 for PDF.
"There are so many thoughts that race through my head mid-run, but it is only thoughts of my father, his courage and desire to fight for a normal life, to do simple things that the rest of us take for granted, that keep me going and push me across that finish line," says PDF Champion Katherine Jurgens.
PDF Champion Shelton Hollers, remarks, “I enjoy being able to contribute to a cause I believe in through my athletic efforts. I know Parkinson's is a serious disease that needs more research. By running this 10k, I want to raise awareness not only about Parkinson’s, but of how PDF helps people living with the disease."
Elizabeth Runs First Marathon for Family
Though Elizabeth Claps of Washington DC, is an event planner always on-the-go, she says she’s not a natural at running long distances. After a close family relative was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she wanted to put her feet to the marathon test to fund a cure and make “life more fulfilling for people who are suffering from Parkinson’s.” She completed the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2012. She created imaginative donation guidelines – such as $10 for a song to make her running playlist or $200 for her to wear the donor’s name on race day – to get friends excited to support her cause.
“Running a marathon is nothing compared to the limitations people with Parkinson’s have to go through. If they can do it, I can do it. I hope to keep funding studies that will improve treatments and ultimately find a way to cure Parkinson’s,” she says.
Nurse Runs for Brother and Patients
S Jane Schrick, R.N., of Sunnyvale, CA, is touched by Parkinson’s in her home and work life. Her brother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago. As a cardiology nurse, Ms. Schrick treats people living with Parkinson who also suffer with heart conditions on a regular basis. The avid runner, who is no stranger to marathons, was inspired to run with PDF at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon in tribute to her brother and patients.
Ms. Schrick remarks, “I wanted to make my runs more meaningful and find some way to give people with Parkinson’s, like my brother and my patients, hope.”