Starting and ending in Grant Park, Chicago, we will be conquering Lake Michigan, August 7-15, 2010, for our fourth Run America. Several of us will be running, while others, including our honoree, Barry Wald, will be biking the route. Many have set their sites on completing all 947 miles!
We are running (and biking) this relay as a fundraiser to enable research efforts dedicated to finding a cure for myotonic muscular dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy that affects both infants and adults. Also known as Steinert’s disease, myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disorder that affects about one in every 8000 people, causing muscle weakness and myotonia (an inability of muscles to relax after use), both of which get more severe over time.
Our initial Run America occurred in 2002, when we covered over 3000 miles from Tillamook, Oregon, on the Pacific, to Fenway Park, Boston, and finally dipping our toes in the Atlantic. From that effort, and the ones that followed in 2005 from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA, and in 2007, from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, DC., we have raised over $325,000 directly donated to research.