Welcome to the home page for “D.C. to D’Burgh...Pedaling Parkinson’s Outta Tahn”, a 335-mile cycling adventure from the National Mall in Washington, D.C to Point State Park in Pittsburgh, PA to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
On Sunday morning, August 29, 2021 10 cyclists, three of whom are living with Parkinson’s, along with 1 support person who is also living with Parkinson’s, departed from the National Mall in Washington DC and after riding 335 miles over the next 6 days through Hurricane Ida and a 1.5 mile “Hike-A-Bike” mountainous detour up and over the Paw Paw Tunnell, all 10 successfully arrived at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please note that each rider was personally responsible for their own costs to get to Washington, DC and for their accommodations and meals throughout the ride.
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative and disabling neurologic disorder with no cure whose prevalence is second only to Alzheimer’s disease. It is the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world. In fact, there are now more men and women afflicted with this disease than MS, Muscular Dystrophy and ALS combined! Individuals with Parkinson’s experience a range of symptoms due to the loss of nerve cells in the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. There are approximately 1,000,000 Americans living with Parkinson’s with up to 12,000 living in Western Pennsylvania. Based on our region’s demographics and other risk factors this number will continue to grow. And although there is no cure for Parkinson’s, physical activity has clinically proven to slow the disease’s progression with riding a bicycle one of the very best activities one can do.
By undertaking this cycling adventure…”DC To D’Burgh…Pedaling Parkinson’s Outta Than” we hoped to increase the public’s awareness and perception of this disease and to demonstrate and inspire those living with Parkinson’s that they too can get on a bike and take on a challenging adventure. Finally, our initial goal was to raise at least $20,000 that will go towards supporting and enhancing current exercise programs offered by the Foundation and to fund potential future programs. But, as you can see we ended up raising over $30,000. Which is totally awesome and we whole heartedly thank all of our generous business partners and our friends and families.
Since completing our adventure we’ve encountered many who would still like to make a donation, so we’re going to keep accepting donations until the end of October, 2021 when we’ll start making plans for 2022! If you’re interested in riding or volunteering to help out in the planning of “DC To D’Burgh-2022”, please click on the tab below.
Click on any rider’s name to be taken to their individual fundraising page with their story:
Friday's Ride Itinerary
The arrival and departure times below are estimated based on weather conditions, trail conditions, and the speed of the cyclists. We will be able to send updates once we are underway with more accurate departure times from the Connellsville, Boston and Homestead trailheads.Trailhead Estimated Arrival Time Estimated Departure Time Connellsville --- 8:00 am Boston 12:15 pm 1:00 pm Homestead (Waterfront) 2:15 pm 2:30 pm Point State Park 3:30 pm
Thank you for your donation to D.C. to D'Burgh: Pedaling Parkinson's Outta Tahn!
Your donation goes directly to supporting the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania. Every dollar stays local, providing services, support, and programs to the 12,000 people in Western Pennsylvania with PD, as well as their caregivers, friends, family, and loved ones.
A copy of your receipt will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (412) 837-2542.