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Virtual Events Hub: How our Grassroots Community is Staying Connected

Exercise to Defeat Parkinsons

Like organizations worldwide, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has postponed all public events through end of the year in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Since it was founded in 2006, our grassroots community continues to be a great source of support and inspiration. While we can't be together in person, we promise to share ways for you to engage with each other during this time. In addition, we've developed resources to help you stay on track toward your 2020 goals and navigate the current fundraising landscape:

And below, we're keeping a running list of opportunities to be together -- virtually!


Virtual Ragnar Trail Relay: July 24-26

Gather your friends and family to take on a virtual relay beginning July 24 through July 26. You'll have three days to complete 120 miles as a team, with members contributing from wherever they're located. Are you ready to take the challenge?


Summer Drive Toward a Cure: June 21-September 3

Drive Toward a Cure, which hosts a variety of events and programs combining cars and community to support Parkinson’s research has pivoted to host a socially distant Summer Drive series. Between June 21 and September 3, participants can log miles on their cars and qualify to win prizes!


13th Annual New England Parkinson's Ride: Saturday, September 12

Join the New England Parkinson's Ride family to cycle in sync in support of someone you know who has been impacted by Parkinson’s. The Ride will kick off with a live start on Facebook and cyclists will complete the route of their choice. This year, distance and location don't matter -- it’s not where we ride, or how far we ride, it’s why we ride!


Exercise to Defeat Parkinson's: You choose!

The idea originated in Pennsylvania, but this Team Fox event has always enabled participation from anywhere at any time. Get creative by selecting the type of exercise, the time and the place. Go for a walk, practice yoga in your living room, take dance lessons on YouTube or challenge your family to a push-up contest. The possibilities are endless.


Pushups 4 Parkinson'sYou choose!

Do 10 pushups and share a video or pictures on social media using #my101010. Tag 10 friends to take the pushup challenge and give $10 today. All proceeds benefit Team Fox and other PD organizations. Get creative and have some fun with it!


The following events have already happened; but you can still support them and find additional inspiration for your own events:


11th Annual Pedaling 4 Parkinson's

The largest Team Fox event in Colorado, Pedaling 4 Parkinson's, turned their event into a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for research. Throughout the month of June, they challenged participants to collectively complete 25,000 miles.

8th Annual West Virginia Fox Trot 5K

For years, the West Virginia Fox Trot has built a dedicated community of runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers in Charleston. On March 21, the event organizers brought that community together online. The West Virginia Fox Trot transformed its 5K around downtown Charleston into a completely virtual experience open to everyone.

5 Live: World Record Awareness for Parkinson's Disease

On World Parkinson's Day, Team Fox members Jimmy Choi, Bill Bucklew, Eric Johnson and Peter Leech hosted a five-minute online workout to bring world record awareness to the disease. 

Crescent City Classic 10K

Once again Kickin' Parkinson's teamed up with the Crescent City Classic, an annual 10K based in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, the Crescent City Classic made the move to go virtual on World Parkinson's Day. They proved it's possible to unite the community from afar and paved the way for other virtual races. 

5th Annual Outpace Parkinson's 5K

Jane and Jack Armistead rallied their community in Athens, Georgia and beyond to help outpace Parkinson's. Runners and walkers chose their own method of completing 3.1 miles and 1 mile, respectively, and reported their times.

11th Annual Plattsburgh Half Marathon

This longstanding Team Fox fundraiser made the move to go virtual on May 3. Runners submitted photos of their distance and time, and results were uploaded to the race website. All runners received a t-shirt and finishers medal for completing.

SoCal Ride for Parkinson's

The SoCal Ride for Parkinson's team called on our community to get moving to support Parkinson's research. Participants ran, walked and cycled a distance of their choice.

Virtual Half Marathon for Parkinson's

Runners created their own course or hopped on a treadmill to complete a half marathon in support of Parkinson's research. 


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