News - 2nd September 2019

Running Down Dementia hits the million mark


We want to say ‘thanks a million’ to the parkrun community for helping make this year’s Running Down Dementia a huge success.


You’ve helped raise more than £300,000, with donations still coming in. That takes the total raised since the campaign was first launched in 2016 to over £1million!


The vital funds will power dementia research in the UK and across the world, to help bring about the first life-changing treatments for the condition.


For this year’s campaign there were three challenges to choose from – 100km (Pioneer), 300km (Epic) or your own choice of distance (Maverick). And it seems the introduction of the new challenges helped spur you on as you clocked up more than 650,000km.


That has smashed last year’s record by 200,000km! It’s equivalent to running every parkrun in the UK more than 200 times!


If you haven’t done it already, please share how much you’ve raised on the Running Down Dementia Facebook group. It would be great if you could also post your favourite running selfie and let everyone know why you loved taking on the Running Down Dementia challenge.


If you’re looking for a new challenge, why not sign up for Swimming Down Dementia? Our new initiative challenges you to make a splash for dementia research by swimming a distance of your choice by October 31.

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