On Saturday, September 26, Team Fox member Ali London led the newly formed Team Defeat Dystonia into the waters and backroads of Rye, New York for their inaugural participation in the Westchester Super Sprint Triathlon.
The 78-member team — including four athletes with dystonia and one with Parkinson’s disease — participated in relays that included a 300-yard swim in the Long Island Sound, a six-mile bike ride, and a one-mile walk/run around the scenic Rye Playland. Several members also completed the Olympic Triathlon that very same weekend.
“It was a particular honor to race with my fellow participants who, like me, are living with neurological movement disorders and participated in spite of them,” says proud team captain Ali London. “Not only did Team Defeat Dystonia kick butt, take names and have a blast doing it, but we also raised dystonia and Parkinson’s awareness and over $80,000 to help accelerate cures. Huge thanks to the amazing participants, awesome cheerleaders and generous supporters (counting well into the hundreds). I delight in thinking what next year holds for our team.”
To read more about Ali’s fundraising journey with Team Fox and her inspiration for leading Team Defeat Dystonia, read her fantastic blog post from earlier this year.
Allison London is living with dystonia in her trunk, neck and hands. A retired attorney, she is the youngest-ever board member of The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation as well as a New York Times Op-Ed contributor.