Above: Our DC to D'Burgh Team Starting The Ride!
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 Western Pennsylvania (PFWPA).
This world class journey takes the riders along the historical C&O Canal Towpath Trail following the Potomac River to Cumberland, MD where it connects to the Great Allegheny Passage to form what the National Geographic Adventurer calls “An American Classic”. Together, these trails trace the history of the United States, from its early colonial days and the quest to find a route westward for commerce and industry, to its stand for independence and growth as an industrial nation. Departing from the National Mall on Sunday, August 29, 2021, riders will average about 60 miles a day for the next 6 days arriving at Point State Park on Friday, September 3, 2021.
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 Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) 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 Tahn” we hope 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 as three* of our TEAM members are presently living with Parkinson’s.
Finally, our hope is 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. We encourage you to help us reach this goal and thank you in advance for your support.
Click on any rider’s name to be taken to their individual fundraising page with their story:
Each rider has a minimal individual fundraising goal of $250.
See the path our riders will be taking below!
On the final day of the tour, Friday, September 3rd we invite cyclists to join us for our ride into D'Burgh! You can jump on in Connellsville (59 miles), Boston (20 miles) or Homestead (8 miles). Your ride registration/donation is tax deductible and also includes our 1st Annual D.C. To D'Burgh T-shirt (which is destined to become a collectors item).
Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania
575 Lincoln Avenue #101, Bellevue, PA 15202
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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 email@example.com, or by calling (412) 837-2542.