A Letter From an RDS Runner

RDS Runners is an official charity partner of the 2012 Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon, taking place on September 15. We’ve had a great response from interested runners wanting to join the team and run for Down syndrome research, and we now have over 20 RDS Runners on the team for the Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon.

We’d like to share the thoughts of Scott Klein, who along with his daughter Allison are just two of the RDS Runners participating in the Air Force Marathon:


My  name is Scott Klein, and my daughter Allison and I would like to run the Air Force Half Marathon on Sept 15.  I have run 14 marathons in the past, but this will be my daughters’ first half.  She is 19 and will be a Sophomore at Miami University this fall, so Dayton is a great meeting place for us….I live up by Cleveland.

I chose your charity, as my wife has a degree in MSPH Special Education from Bowling Green State University.  She was a Special Education teacher for many years, before staying home to raise the kids….we now do respite care in our home for kids and young adults with mental challenges, and being around that population has been a big part of our kids’ growing up….Several of our clients have become like family members to us.

I can’t think of a better situation for my daughter and I to run a race together, than with the Down Syndrome Research Team….Please let us know how we can get involved and be a part of your team….


Thank you Scott and the rest of our RDS Runners who are Running for Research!


Twin Cities Marathon Post-Close Entries

Open registration for the 2012 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon has now come to a close, but you can still register for the race with RDS Runners using one of our post-close entry slots.

The 31st Twin Cities Marathon takes place this year on Sunday, October 7, and it’s been called the most beautiful urban marathon in America.

To request more information about the race and how to register using a post-close entry contact RDS Runners at rdsrunners@researchds.org.

Research Down Syndrome Spotlights Runners on National Running Day

Research Down Syndrome and its national RDS Runners Charity Racing Program observes June 6, National Running Day by spotlighting three RDS Runners participating in races as fundraisers for Down syndrome research.

Our featured runners have a daugther, a brother and a future nephew with Down syndrome. They share in a commitment to have their miles support the RDS mission to develop drug therapies that will enhance life opportunities for persons with Down syndrome by improving memory, learning and communication.

Michelle             Hannah                   Megan

Please consider showing your support by chipping in $5, $10 or $20 to RDS Runners. The efforts of thousands of RDS Runners across the country, is invigorating a revolutionary research initiative that is beginning to understand the origins of the cognitive difficulties associated with Down syndrome, which will lead to drug treatments to address learning difficulties. The research is also directed towards understanding the connections between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

Good luck to all of our runners in their upcoming races. They are Running for Research!

RDS Runners Update

The first part of 2012 has just flown by, and we’re proud of all of the RDS Runners who ran in races during the first half of the year.

To support Research Down Syndrome’s mission of research to improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome, RDS Runners have participated this year in multiple races across the country, from the NYC Half Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington, DC Half Marathon, the New Orleans Half Marathon, and the Houston Marathon to shorter races in the Midwest. The RDS Runners team was a top fundraiser in the NYC Half Marathon on March 18.

The program is seeing continued growth, and we’ve had nearly 40 runners raise over $40,000 between January and June, and we’re excited to keep that momentum going into races we are participating in during the summer and fall months. As of earlier this year, RDS Runners now has two official race trainers, Bianca and Sandi of Apex Fitness.

We have another 40 runners currently registered to run in races later this year in the San Franciso Marathon, Air Force Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, and many many more.

You can view a complete schedule of RDS Runners upcoming races on our website.

We’re still looking for more runners to join our teams and run for Down syndrome research. For more information about RDS Runners and any races we participate in contact us at rdsrunners@researchds.org.