How Do You Fundraise?

RDS Runners have found many different ways to fundraise in support of Down syndrome research. There is no one way to fundraise for your racing efforts when you join the RDS Runners team.

One of the best tools for spreading awareness of your running efforts is the internet. Emails and social media is an easy and fast way to forward your online fundraising page to family, friends, and co-workers. We continually find that runners are surprised at how much they are able to raise by contacting people through emails and Facebook asking for their support of their racing efforts.

Below is language we encourage RDS Runners to use on Facebook, emails, etc. when promoting racing efforts.


I am running for a foundation called Research Down Syndrome(RDS).

RDS supports scientific studies directed towards understanding the sources of cognitive difficulties in persons with Down syndrome. RDS believes in the promise of a future where therapies will be available that will help improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. This will lead to increased life opportunities in education, employment, social interactions….perhaps a future where persons with Down syndrome might be able to live independently. Please join with the RDS Runners as their miles help RDS fund research that already has made extraordinary progress.

Let’s Race for the Extraordinary.


The internet is not the only tool for fundraising, and some runners have raised funds in creative and fun ways.

Two amazing little girls, Kaydence and Jaycee, watched this video and wanted to do something to help raise money for Ds research for their good friend James. They came up with the idea of a lemonade stand. They were able to raise over $1,000 for the Run with Siobhan campaign!

Angela Rodriquez, who is running in the Chicago Marathon this October. Angela held a fundraising party in her home with Gold Rush Girls. Gold Rush Girls buys gold from people in a party setting while giving a portion of the profits to the host. By hosting the fundraising party Angela was able to raise almost $2,000 for RDS in one night!

We want to know, how do you fundraise? Feel free to leave comments in this post to let us know how you fundraise for Research Down Syndrome.



ING NYC Marathon Charity Entries

Research Down Syndrome is a proud charity partner in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. RDS Runners will be running in the marathon on November 3.

RDS Runners still has charity entries available for this year’s marathon. To learn more about the RDS Runners program visit the Research Down Syndrome website.

For more information on how to receive guaranteed entry for the ING NYC Marathon please email RDS Runners at

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Run with Siobhan – Race Results

Siobhan Pritchard completes 100 miles in 28 hours, 36 minutes and 22 seconds. What an incredible day for her, her family, and all of us here at Research Down Syndrome. We’re proud to have Run with Siobhan. If you are too, you can support the cause here:

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Siobhan after the race.

You can watch a video of Siobhan finishing the Leadville 100 here.

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Siobhan still going strong at the 60 miles mark.

Remember when you first met James and Siobhan and Dan?

Nearly 2,500 views in two months.

Sharing hope for the promise of Ds cognitive research, and: running…running…running.

To see more pictures and race updates of Siobhan and Dan go to the Research Down Syndrome Facebook page or Twitter page @ResearchDS #RunWithSiobhan.

Run with Siobhan Update

The day is here! Siobhan and Dan Pritchard are running the Leadville 100 mile trail run in support of Down syndrome research.

To get updates on the race follow @RunWithSiobhan on Twitter. These updates will also show up on the homepage of our website,

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Dan and Siobhan this morning before the start of the race. They will see the sun rise, set, and rise again before they finish this 100 miles.

Tweets from #runwithsiobhan twitter feed…

‪#‎runwithsiobhan‬ Siobhan has reached Hope Pass! 45 miles! Maintaining a finishing pace! Runs 5 miles down from pass, turns and heads back up!

“As I crested Hope Pass…you could see all the way to Leadville to the north and mountain top after mountain top in every other direction”

In 2012 Siobhan hit Hope pass at 11 hrs 58 mins. This year, 10 hours 39 mins. That’s OVER AN HOUR personal record!! #RunwithSiobhan

James tracking his mom and dad's progress in the Leadville 100.

James tracking his mom and dad’s progress in the Leadville 100.

To support these runners and ongoing Down syndrome cognitive research donate at: We can’t all run 100 miles but we can all make a difference. Run With Siobhan by donating today.