We’ve been crunching some numbers and have come up with some amazing statistics which highlight the success of the partnership between Alzheimer’s Research UK and parkrun.
We were delighted when we joined forces with parkrun in 2015 as their charity partner and continue to be blown away every day by the support of parkrunners, who are determined to make a difference to dementia research.
We’ve created an infographic to celebrate the partnership. You can view it here.
So far 18,747 parkrunners have supported Alzheimer’s Research UK since the start of the partnership, with around 7,500 of those coming to us as new supporters. They have raised £600,000 for world-class research which will help us in our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025.
Dedicated parkrunners have helped make our Running Down Dementia initiative a huge success. The award-winning virtual running event, where we challenge people to run (or walk) 100km and raise £100, raised around £220,000 last year and it’s on track to beat that this year.
In 2016 Running Down Dementia participants ran the same distance as the Earth to the Moon – that’s nearly 400,000km!
Intrepid parkrunners have also taken on hundreds of challenges to raise money for us, everything from the Virgin Money London Marathon to the Great Wall of China Marathon, RideLondon to Ironman Wales – and even the Berlin Inline Skating Marathon. If this has whet your appetite take a look at our range of events and sign up for a place.
But our partnership with parkrun is about more than just fundraising.
Together with parkrun, we are committed to spreading the word about the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of dementia, as well as fighting the fear and stigma that still surrounds the condition and the diseases that cause it.
Members of the parkrun community are also directly helping dementia research – more than 170 parkrunners have signed up to take part in pioneering studies through the Join Dementia Research initiative.
Alzheimer’s Research UK and parkrun are both innovative, forward-thinking and ambitious organisations and we are very excited about the difference we can make together over the coming years.
If you haven’t joined our #TeamARUKparkrun movement, join us today and help us take a step closer to a world free from dementia.
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