RDS Runners in Coeur d’ Alene Ironman

Nate Jolls(pictured) is our second RDS Runner competing in an Ironman event (Jonathan Keller competed in the Wisconsin Ironman 2013.) An Ironman is a 2.2 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race and a marathon, right, a 26.2 mile run!

Nate was introduced to Research Down Syndrome by RDS Runner and fellow Air Force pilot, Charlie Schoen. Together, these AF Captains stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane had been training for the Coeur d’ Alene Ironman being held in Idaho this Sunday. They planned to fundraise for RDS.

In May, Charlie was unexpectedly deployed to Qatar and Afghanistan, so he was not available to compete. Nevertheless, Captain Jolls, a 2010 USAF Academy grad and UH-1 Huey pilot from Gowanda, NY, continued preparing for the Ironman without his training partner and, most generously, he continued his commitment to raise money for the important studies that Research Down Syndrome is supporting, research that will lead to the development of drug treatments to improve memory and learning in persons with Down syndrome.

Please consider a donation in recognition of the service of Captains Schoen and Jolls, and in gratitude for Captain Jolls’ remarkable effort and generosity in Idaho this Sunday, supporting the Down syndrome community.

You can make your donation here: https://www.crowdrise.com/RDSRunnersIronman.

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Chicago Marathon Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon opens today. The only way to receive guaranteed entry for the marathon is through a charity slot.

RDS Runners have a limited number of charity slots available for the marathon. Any interested runners can contact RDS Runners at rdsrunners@researchds.org or visit the Chicago Marathon page on the RDS website for more information.

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Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Now Open

Lottery registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is currently open. RDS Runners does not have guaranteed entries for the race this year, and any runners interested in participating in the Marine Corps Marathon should sign up for the lottery to try and obtain entry into the race.

Any questions about the Marine Corps Marathon can be sent to RDS Runners at rdsrunners@researchds.org.

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Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon

In less than one week, RDS Runner Richard Huckaby will be running in the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa. Read his beautiful message on his fundraising page. His inspiration is his daugther Bella:
http://www.crowdrise.com/Gasparilla12Marathon
Richard, his family, friends and co-workers are closing in on $5,000 for RDS and DS cognitive research.
Thank you Richard. Have a great race this weekend…
Have Fun…Stay Safe…Be Strong

                            Bella Grace Huckaby