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Meet 2015 Boston Marathon Runners
 Support 2015 Boston Marathon Runners
Meet the 2014 Falmouth Road Race Runners
 Meet Team MDSC Runners from Past Races


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If you have another event on your personal “must do” list – be it a marathon, triathlon, swim or bicycle race – you, too, can help the MDSC. Whether the event takes place in Massachusetts, Maine or Mexico, the MDSC will help you directly translate your physical exertion into critical funds and public awareness for Down syndrome (see Race for Awareness below).

Whatever your event, let the mission of the MDSC be a source of inspiration as you train. When crossing the finish line means having made a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome, it never felt so good.

Please note: There is a separate application process for each Race for MDSC event. Fundraising minimums apply to all events.


Boston Marathon

Dan Ferry ran the 2011 Boston Marathon for his daughter Gwendlyn and the MDSC

In 2009, the MDSC was selected as an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), host of the historic Boston Marathon™. This 3-year commitment enabled us to recruit 62 dedicated individuals who ran the marathon in honor of a loved one with Down syndrome. We are grateful to the BAA for this opportunity to be involved in the Boston Marathon™.

Led by Coach Susan Hurley of CharityTeams, each team member accomplished a monumental feat in completing the grueling 26.2 mile course. But they achieved so much more. By training, racing and ultimately crossing the finish line, they also raised significant awareness and funds totaling over $300,000 to directly support our programs and services. Susan, a premier marathon runner herself, has continued to lead Team MDSC to great success.

Since 2012, the MDSC has been an official charity of the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program, raising over $260,000 to date. We are proud to return as an official charity for the renowned 2015 Boston Marathon™ and are grateful for the charity bibs we received from the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 119th Boston Marathon. Please go here to meet the runners and support the team. 

We are still recruiting qualified runners to join our 2015 Marathon Team. Benefits of joining team MDSC include:

  • MDSC running singlet
  • Transportation to race starting line
  • Fundraising and running training tips
  • included in all CharityTeams weekly training runs and themed long-runs with thousands of other charity runners
  • invitation to MDSC pre-race event
  • Invitation to CharityTeams pre-race event
  • Communication with CharityTeams founder and coach Susan Hurley

Please e-mail race@mdsc.org if you are interested in joining Team MDSC or want more information.

Falmouth Road Race

Every August, 20 runners, both first-timers and old-timers, earn spots on MDSC’s team to compete in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Known as one of the best non-marathon races in the country, this seven-mile course thrills runners as they hug the scenic Cape Cod’s shoreline. Please note: Qualified runners who get a waiver can also join the team. 

Race for Awareness (Other Endurance Events)

If you are participating in another endurance event and would like to support the MDSC as part of your journey, please complete the Race for Awareness application. We will set you up with your own personal fundraising page and provide you with a MDSC singlet.

If you are interested in participating in a Race for MDSC event or have other questions, email us at race@mdsc.org.