New Nationwide MDA Endurance Program Off and Running with MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Partnership
MDA Team Momentum to partner with MetroPCS Dallas Marathon as official charity group in 2014
Posted Friday, 30 May, 2014
DALLAS - The Muscular Dystrophy Association earlier this year announced the launch of MDA Team Momentum, a nationwide endurance program designed to help support MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for muscle disease. Today, the Dallas Marathon organization and MDA Team Momentum announced that MDA Team Momentum will participate as an official charity group in the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay and SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer held on December 14, 2014.
The MDA Team Momentum program gives beginners and endurance pros the opportunity to participate in an endurance race — a marathon or half-marathon — and dedicate their efforts to the fight for muscle health. Offering world-class training, mentors, a solid community of support and inspiration every step of the way, MDA Team Momentum aims to change the lives of millions of Americans affected by muscle disease and impact those walkers and runners who make every mile count for good.
Watch a special MDA Team Momentum video to see the inspirational stories of those who have already joined the program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScYi-GeQIzg&feature=youtu.be
“We’re thrilled to announce and officially open registration for MDA Team Momentum participation in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon,” said MDA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Income Development Ann McNamara. “Every step participants take, every mile logged during training and events, and every dollar raised will advance MDA's mission to assist families with health care services and day-to-day support, to fund life-changing research worldwide, and to fight back against dozens of life-threatening muscle diseases.”
The program provides in-person, group and online training and support tailored for half-marathon or full marathon races. Participants set fundraising goals for each race and MDA offers online resources, trips and suggestions to make reaching those fundraising goals easy, fun and successful. Recruitment and training for participants is currently underway in Dallas.
“We’re excited to have the Muscular Dystrophy Association and MDA Team Momentum as an official charity partner for the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon,” said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. “Partnering with Team Momentum gives us another opportunity to continue to support our organization’s objectives of transforming lives through running and creating incredible experiences that will last a lifetime.”
Alison Tibbits, MDA Nationwide Director, Endurance said, “Team Momentum is a natural and contemporary extension of our brand enabling walkers, runners and athletes of all skill levels to join forces with MDA and move their muscles to help those individuals and families living with muscle disease. There has never been a more hopeful time to find new treatments, and we believe Team Momentum can help us dramatically accelerate our programs of discovery and support.”
To join MDA Team Momentum or to learn more, please visit, MDAteam.org and like the MDA Team Momentum page on Facebook at facebook.com/MDATeamMomentum. General registration for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon will open on June 4. For more information on the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, visit dallasmarathon.com.
About Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
About the Dallas Marathon
The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus of promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization conducts and promotes year-round events culminating each December with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. Now in its 44th running, the marquee property attracts over 25,000 participants and 300,000 spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event, highlighted by a race course featuring iconic landmarks including the JFK Memorial, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the historic Swiss Avenue District, Klyde Warren Park and Reunion Tower. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is recognized as The Official Marathon of the City of Dallas and, since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, has donated more than $3.5 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.