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New The Team Run For HD Whiskey Challenge

09.05.14

#WhiskeyShotsForHD

We need your help to raise awareness and money for Huntington’s disease! Are you up for the challenge?

Whiskey Shot Challenge
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Additional Information

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no cure or treatment. More then 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with HD. Each of their siblings and children have a 50 percent risk of developing the disease; therefore an additional 250,000 are at risk. Raise a glass and/or make a donation to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for those affected by HD!

You must be of legal drinking age to participate.
Enjoy the whiskey challenge responsibly.
We only encourage you to do one shot, but feel free to donate as much money as you want!

#WhiskeyShotsForHD

Team Run For HD Co-founder Interviewed for Medical Journal

07.16.14

We're big in Iowa!

We are so grateful to the University of Iowa HDSA Center of Excellence for their ongoing support, and the publicity they brought us with this article about Team Run for HD co-founder, Sara Rockwell!  Full Article

Team Run for HD to Speak at the Illinois HDSA Conference

03.01.14

The info-packed 2014 Huntington's Disease Society of America IL State Conference is March 22! Team Run for HD is honored to be one of the speakers this year, on the topic "Advocacy: Getting Creative with Social Media and Networking." See you there!  More Information

Events

Join us for some fundraising events around town.

iGive Donations for Shopping

Ongoing

Give to HDSA every time you shop with iGive! Shop normally at over 1,400 favorite stores and they will automatically make a donation to HDSA when you purchase! You never pay more and they always show you how much you're raising before you buy. Just about anything you buy counts, and donations range from .5% to 20%, varying by store. A typical shopper raises over $100 per year!

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Charity Miles Donations for Running, Walking, and Biking

Ongoing

Earn money toward neurological disease research every time you run, walk, or bike with Charity Miles! HDSA is not currently an option, but we are working on it! The more of you join, the more chance we have of being selected! In the meantime, choose Parkinson's or Alzheimer's since they are similar to HD, & research for one benefits the others. 1. Download the Charity Miles app on your phone 2. When the mobile app is open, click the + in the upper right 3. Type in #teamrunforhd 4. Pick your charity (Parkinson's or Alzheimer's are most similar to HD) and run!

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More Events Are in the Works!

FALL/WINTER 2014

Do you have a great idea for a fundraising event? Let us know at TeamRunForHD@gmail.com. Looking to help? Please visit our give page to find more information about how you can make a difference.

Past Events


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Run

If you're interested in running our 2015 goal race or a race of your choosing for Team Run for HD, let us know.

2014 has been a huge success so far

Our goal race for 2014 was the Chicagoland Sunset Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K that took place on July 19th. The weather was beautiful, we made new friends, two of our runners received first place medals for their age brackets, and several personal records were broken. It was a huge success, thanks to our fantastic team of runners, their supporters, and the race event staff!

Upcoming Runs

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 12th, 2014

Past Runs

Chicagoland Sunset Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K

July 19th, 2014

Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, MI

May 24th, 2014

Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana, IL

April 26th, 2014

2013 Door County 50-miler

October 26th, 2013

2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 13th, 2013

2013 Chicago Half Marathon + 5K

September 8th, 2013

2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 7th, 2012

2012 Chicago Half Marathon + 5K

July 22nd, 2012

2012 Rockford Marathon

May 20th, 2012

2011 Chicago Half Marathon + 5K

September 11th, 2011

Running FAQ


How Do I Go About Fundraising?

Fundraising with Team Run for HD is easy! You set your own fundraising goal and then we help you reach it. The first step is to sign up at FirstGiving and personalize your Team Run for HD donation page. Then start hitting up your friends and family, using this request template to get you started. Many employers will also contribute, so we've made you an employer request template as well. You may also be able to donate some money that you won't even miss! Cash in the change jar, do some baby-sitting, pet-sitting, or odd jobs, sell some clutter on craigslist. Get creative!

What If I'm Not a Serious Runner?

If you are a new runner, we will provide a training schedule, training tips, and encouragement. We have experienced runners who can answer any questions and will be setting up casual weekend group runs for those in the Chicagoland area. Team Run for HD will keep you motivated all season long and make sure you cross that finish line!

What's In It For Me?

If you have joined other run teams, you know they can be divided into two distinct categories: ones that give out cheap, scratchy t-shirts you immediately toss and ones that know better. We promise to be in the latter category…we're talking top-of-the-line technical shirts that you will wear again and again after race day! You will also receive a swag bag full of high-quality goodies! For those participating in the main race, take advantage of our secure VIP gear check at our booth during the race, and stop by afterward for refreshments with the team!

About

Huntington's disease, HDSA, and us.

#TeamRunForHD #HuntingtonsDiseaseAwareness #CantStopWontStop

What is Huntington's disease?

Huntington's disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with HD. Each of their siblings and children have a 50 percent risk of developing the disease, therefore 250,000 are at risk. Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression of HD.

About Team Run for HD

Team Run for HD is a group of people running to raise money and awareness for Huntington's disease! We have one goal race each year in Chicagoland, as well as satellite runners in other races of their choosing across the Midwest. Many people were already using running as a tool to fight HD, but each person was starting from scratch and doing it solo. Once we established an annual event, we were also able to draw runners who might not have participated otherwise. Team Run for HD is way to unify and multiply the participants' efforts, by offering training support, fundraising materials, and a sense of camaraderie to keep you motivated. Our runners are of all different ages and experience levels, doing races from 5Ks up to ultramarathons. What brings us together is using the ability to run as a way to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow to those affected by HD. We also organize community events throughout the year to boost our fundraising and to expand our reach even beyond the running circle.

About the Huntington's Disease Society of America

The Huntington's Disease Society of America is the largest non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington's disease. It was founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, after her husband, folk legend Woody Guthrie, lost his battle with HD. The Society works tirelessly to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow to those living at-risk or diagnosed with HD, through family services, education, advocacy, and research.

The Society is comprised of 54 local chapters and affiliates across the country with its headquarters in New York City. Notably, HDSA founded the HDSA Coalition for the Cure, a collaboration of 16 international researchers, as part of the HD Drug Research Pipeline, and supports research that develops potential therapies to treat and eventually cure HD. HDSA also supports 21 Centers of Excellence at major medical facilities throughout the U.S., where people with HD and their families receive comprehensive medical, psychological, and social services, in addition to physical and occupational therapy, genetic testing, and counseling. Additionally, HDSA hosts more than 160 support groups for people with HD, their families, caregivers, and people at-risk, and is the premiere resource on Huntington's disease for medical professionals and the general public. To learn more about Huntington's disease or to get involved in HDSA, please visit www.hdsa.org or call 1-800-345-HDSA.

About the Organizers

Team Run For HD is brought to you by the unstoppable duo of Sara and Rachel, with help from their HDSA friends! They met 10 years ago when Rachel was offered a job where Sara worked specifically because the owner thought they would get along well together. He could not have been more right and they have been BFFs ever since! Huntington's disease runs in Sara's family, so this cause is very important to both of them. Sara started running to raise money for HDSA in 2011, with Rachel cheering loudly at the sidelines. Since their first race together, Sara has now run six marathons, and together with Rachel and the new running friends they make every year, they have raised over $40,000 for Huntington's disease, and recruited runners from coast to coast!

So if you want to reach out for any reason, now you know who will answer your emails at TeamRunForHD@gmail.com. To learn more about Sara's personal story and her often comical adventures in running, check out her blog at Run Gingerfoxxx, Run!

Give

Give to Team Run for HD; the cure starts here!

We are raising money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA), which provides vital support and services to improve the lives of those affected by HD, and funds research to find a cure. You can also help out by donating goods, services, or your time. There is a way for you to help; the cure starts here!

Monetary Donations

A donation of any size will bring us closer to finding a cure for Huntington's disease and will provide help for today and hope for tomorrow to those affected by HD, through family services, education, advocacy, and research.

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Corporate Sponsorship

We are seeking contributions of all levels, from a small in-kind donation, on up through our ultimate Lake Shore Drive partnerships. This is a great exposure opportunity for your company! There is a way for you to help; the cure starts here!

Great Perks for Every Level of Giving

LAKE SHORE DRIVE PARTNER: $2500 DONATION

  • Recognition in the HDSA Great Lakes Chapter newsletter, with readership of approximately 30,000 people across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri
  • Promotion through all Team Run for HD social media outlets
  • Recognition in all Team Run for HD press releases to local media
  • Opportunity to display and/or sample your product or company literature at the event booth*
  • Company logo printed on reusable tote bags distributed to the team
  • Company logo printed on the official team t-shirts
  • Company logo printed on banner displayed at the event booth*
  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and/or product samples to all Team Run for HD participants
  • Priority recognition on the official website, www.TeamRunForHD.com

MAGNIFICENT MILE PARTNER: $1000 DONATION

  • Recognition in all Team Run for HD press releases to local media
  • Opportunity to display and/or sample your product or company literature at the event booth*
  • Company logo printed on reusable tote bags distributed to the team
  • Company logo printed on the official team t-shirts
  • Company logo printed on banner displayed at the event booth*
  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and/or product samples to all Team Run for HD participants
  • Recognition on the official website, www.TeamRunForHD.com

STATE STREET PARTNER: $500 DONATION OR EQUIVALENT IN-KIND DONATION

  • Company logo printed on the official team t-shirts
  • Company logo printed on banner displayed at the event booth*
  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and/or product samples to all Team Run for HD participants
  • Recognition on the official website, www.TeamRunForHD.com

GRAND AVENUE PARTNER: IN-KIND DONATIONS OF ANY SIZE, AND PROMOTION ASSISTANCE

We welcome in-kind donations of any size and promotion of Team Run for HD on your website, social media, online calendar, or newsletter.

  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and/or product samples to all Team Run for HD participants
  • Recognition on the official website, www.TeamRunForHD.com

*Our next goal race, the 2015 Chicagoland Sunset Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K, is an established and popular race that draws thousands of participants, friends, and families, many of whom will be passing by our event booth on race day!

Make a Corporate Gift

All donations are tax-deductible and we will return the favor with some great publicity for you! If you are interested in making a corporate gift, checks may be written to "Huntington's Disease Society of America" with "Team Run for HD" in the memo line and mailed to:

Deborah Boyd
Great Lakes Regional Development Director
c/o Huntington's Disease Society of America
P.O. Box 72
Richland, MI 49083

Donate Goods and Services

In addition to monetary donations, we are seeking in-kind donations of goods and services, so we can have items for our post-race booth and swag bags, for meet-up runs, and for FUNdraising events. All donations are tax-deductible and we will return the favor with some great publicity for you! If there is anything you would be able to donate, please contact us at TeamRunForHD@gmail.com.

Wish List


  • Food
  • Plastic utensils, paper cups, paper plates
  • Bottled water
  • Beer
  • Running gels
  • Energy bars
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Recovery drinks
  • Hats
  • Visors
  • Sunglasses
  • Running tanks
  • Running shorts
  • Running shoes
  • Fun shoelaces
  • Headbands
  • Printing services
  • Canvas bags
  • Compression and recovery products
  • Running rain wear
  • Glow in the dark or reflective gear
  • Water belts
  • MP3 players
  • MP3 holders
  • Headphones
  • Mileage trackers (Garmin or similar)
  • Heart-rate monitors
  • Headlamps
  • Magazine subscriptions
    (Runner's World, Shape, Fitness, etc.)
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Massage/spa gift certificates
  • Goods or gift certificates from local businesses

Volunteer

We are also looking for volunteers! We need some help filling a few volunteer shifts for the race itself, doing things like handing out race packets the day before or handing out water the day of the race. We also welcome help with posting flyers, stuffing envelopes, coordinating events, etc. If you would be able to spare your time and ideas, please contact us at TeamRunForHD@gmail.com!

Our Sponsors

Thanks to all our generous sponsors.