NDSS Athlete Team to Run 250+ Miles For Down Syndrome Advocacy

March 12, 2018

The National Down Syndrome Society prepares to launch multi-day relay run

WASHINGTON – The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, proudly announces its official Athlete Team and Run Route for the Run for 3.21, a 250+ mile run from Washington D.C. to New York City. The run will serve as a major fundraiser for NDSS in 2018 and recognition of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.

This multi-day adventure kicks off at 6:00 a.m. on March 19 and travels from the steps of the Nation’s Capitol, arriving at United Nations at 10:00 a.m. on March 21. Runners will be in motion for more than 50 hours to complete the course, which winds its way through rolling countryside, quaint downtowns and the heart of D.C., Wilmington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Princeton and New York.

“The Run for 3.21 Team represents an amazing cross section of advocates, athletes and allies from the entire community,” NDSS Director of National Inclusive Health & Sports Programs Michelle Ray said. “Today, people with Down syndrome are living longer, healthier, fulfilling lives, and our Run for 3.21 and companion program, Racing for 3.21 on World Down Syndrome Day aim to celebrate their accomplishments and help foster a world of greater possibilities for all those with Down syndrome. We encourage our friends and supporters to come out and cheer with us, run with us virtually in the Racing for 3.21 or to consider supporting us through a donation or sponsorship.”

NDSS is proud to welcome its 2018 Run for 3.21 athletes: Gena Lyn Adams, Mary Arnold, Chris Attig, Amy Brown, Shanna Cronin, Stacy DeLeon, Derrah Gousie, Tabitha Heit-Sanchez, Luke Hickey, Elvia Kahyaoglu, Jessica Kuss, Justin Knapp, Kevin Long, William Lawfield, Michael Martin, Amanda MacIsaac, Dori-Anne Newton, Cara Phillips, Michelle Ray, Bobby Tran and Amanda Young.

Sponsors of the Run for 3.21 include Altra Running, Wegmans, Urgo Hotels, Running Insight, Foxelli, Headsweats, Smartwool, YETI, ZBest Worldwide, RXBar, CRAFT, Goodr and MVMNT Boutique.

Individuals or organizations wishing to support Team NDSS can do so online: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1316696.



The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the Inclusive Health and Sports Programs, including the National Buddy Walk ® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.