Parkinson's Champions @ Home is a virtual team for runners across the country who want to join at―home events while raising funds and awareness for people living with Parkinson's disease (PD).
- Run a 5k – commit to running a 5K (3.1 miles). Set your fundraising goal and then use our 8-week training plan to get ready to run.
- 10K for 10 Million – take things to the next level. Run a 10K with runners around the world as we honor the 10 million people living with Parkinson’s.
- Marathon Month – Take the Marathon Month challenge and commit to 26.2 mile over the course of one month. Run a mile a day or run it all at once, the mileage is up to you!
Who can participate?
All fitness levels are welcome! We encourage runners (and walkers) to choose a distance that is right for them. Complete your mileage as a solo runner or recruit the whole family to help you hit 26.2 miles. Together our goal is to run 60,000 for the 60,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year. Once you register, share your story, update your mileage and #Run4PD.
How do I start fundraising?
There is no fundraising requirement, but every mile you run and dollar you raise helps bring us closer to a world without PD.
Set a goal for yourself – do you want to raise $262 for the 26.2 miles in a marathon? Or $600 for the 60,000 people diagnosed with PD each year. Set a meaningful goal for yourself and get ready to fundraise. Plus, check out the prizes you will win when you hit your goals
- MARATHONER $262 – Parkinson’s Foundation keychain and wristband
- ALL―STAR $500 – Champion’s team bandana
- LEADER $1500 – Parkinson’s Foundation running singlet
- MVP $3500 – All the above and a spectator blanket for your cheer squad
What is JustGiving?
JustGiving is a website dedicated to crowdfunding (or peer to peer fundraising) that allows you to create your own fundraising page, upload a photo, share updates, and post your link on social media. JustGiving hosts your page, processes donations, and works seamlessly with the Parkinson’s Foundation.
What distance should I run?
The distance you choose is up to you – every mile you run gets us closer to our goal of running 60,000 miles for the 60,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s this year. We encourage all participants to check with their doctors before engaging in new types of physical activity. When it comes to training – pick a program that is right for you (there are hundreds to choose from on the internet) or use one of our training programs:
Do I need to connect to Strava?
Strava is a free app for your smart phone that can track your mileage, run time, and route. You don’t have to connect to Strava – you can manually add your mileage on your participant page, but if you’d like to use the Strava app to upload mileage follow the steps below:
New to Strava? You can register here for free.
HOW TO CONNECT STRAVA
Once you've setup a Strava account, make sure you've logged in to your fundraising page first then ...
- Go to Edit Page
- Select Fitness
- Click the Connect Strava button
If you don't want to use Strava, you can use the Log Fitness button on your page activity feed to track your distance.
HOW TO FIND YOUR ROUTE
Put your best foot forward and use Strava's local guides to find route inspiration near you.
What if I’m not a runner?
What if I’m not a runner? – Want to join us for other events in your neighborhood or start your own event? Everyone is invited to join the movement! Click here to learn more about the different ways you can get involved!
How do I run with my family, run group, 4―legged friend?
Once you’re registered you can start a team! Invite the neighborhood to get involved or challenge your friends in different states. You can set a team distance goal and then add your activity (through Strava) or manually on your fundraising page. Post photos of you and the team on social media and tag us @ParkinsonDotOrg or use the hashtag #Run4PD.
If you have questions about the Foundation or this program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 388―7621. For questions about Parkinson’s disease, call our toll―free Helpline at 1―800―4PD―INFO (473―4636).