The 20th Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome was one for the record books.
What may have been the hottest day in Run Up history drew the largest crowd the event has ever welcomed, and obliterated all previous fundraising records.
860 runners and walkers, representing 40 teams, made their away around the campus of Simon Fraser University in support of individuals with Down syndrome. They were assisted in their efforts by an incredible team of over 125 dedicated volunteers who kept everybody encouraged and well-hydrated.
The Down Syndrome Research Foundation's goal of making 2016 the first ever $100,000 Run was not only met, but surpassed. Final totals are still being determined, but it appears we will break $110,000 in net funds raised - more than $27,000 above the previous record, set last year.
The 20th Anniversary Run Up for Down Syndrome was visually spectacular, with the landscape dominated by a brand new Run Up archway, unveiled for the special occasion. The arch was revealed by DSRF Executive Director Dawn McKenna, Bill Longman (founder of lead sponsor Euro-Rite Cabinets), and former DSRF student Jodi Klukas.
Euro-Rite continued their exceptional longstanding support of the event, entering a team of 127 runners, raising over $37,000 and winning the Spirit Award for highest staff participation. Euro-Rite was joined by almost 40 other local businesses in sponsoring the Run (please see the image below for a complete listing, and join us in thanking each and every one of them).
Each and every person involved - runners, sponsors, donors, volunteers - has made an incredible difference in the lives of many individuals with Down syndrome. Thank you for celebrating the 20th Anniversary with us, and for investing in the future of DSRF's students and families.
Join us again on June 4, 2017 when we kick off the next decade of Run Up for Down Syndrome!
Note: The fundraising website will remain open until the end of June, so there is still time to donate!