Ride, Run, Walk, Climb, Simply Move and Raise Money For Parkinsons–Davis Phinney Foundation Challenge

As an organization dedicated to research and education to help people and families affected by Parkinson’s, the Davis Phinney Foundation is excited to connect the cycling, running and active communities with a virtual event full of challenge and fun for all abilities this July. 

With so many event cancellations, personal challenge is the new normal. In the Every Victory Counts Challenge, ride, practice yoga, run, swim, you name it. The goal is to get moving, celebrate the importance of exercise for your brain and body, and raise funds and awareness to help people with Parkinson’s live well. Log your miles or minutes: You set your own goals and we will be there cheering you every step of the way. Prizes, bibs, a virtual Official Race Village, limited edition face masks, t-shirts, and more will be part of this all-welcoming virtual event. 

During this time of social distancing and other changing protocols, we recognize the challenge of getting together for our normal way of life: Marathons, cycling events and gyms have been canceled or otherwise restricted. At the same time, we know that now more than ever is a time to support people with chronic health conditions with activity, including physical activity and social activity.

Davis Phinney, retired pro cyclist, Olympic medalist, and founder said,An active approach to Parkinson’s makes all the difference for me and for the countless others who have embraced it. Every person has this ability. Do not wait. Do everything possible, every day. We’re working hard to expand our research and programs. The Foundation supported Dr. Jay Alberts in his research that discovered cycling helps people with Parkinson’s. Just this year alone, we received over 60 requests for new research studies from all over the country. We can only meet a fraction of these, but with your participation, we could fund more important projects.”  

We also know how important it is to bring purpose to our life. We’re pursuing our athletic goals while seeking connection and ways to give back. That’s why the Davis Phinney Foundation, based in Louisville, Colorado, has created a way for everyone to get moving, give back, and support people and families with Parkinson’s so they can live their best lives today. 

Ride that century, walk a 5K, conquer your own marathon, swim 10 laps a day, climb a mountain. The challenge is up to you. Every Victory Counts is our mantra, our purpose, and our way of joining you on your journey. Let’s get there together and make every victory count!

We can’t wait to participate alongside you and your friends and family members. Anyone can join the challenge. Ability levels will not limit anyone from participating. The details: 

STARTS: Registration for the virtual event opens on June 10. Event and challenge starts July 1 and lasts the whole month. You can join at any time before July 31.

REGISTRATION: Register atdpf.org/victory2020. Registration is a $25 donation, and you’ll receive a custom, limited-edition Team DPF face mask made by Primal (while supplies last).  Can’t participate? You can support the cause with a donation to help people with Parkinson’s live well at the same website.

CHOICES: Choose your adventure. Are you a cyclist? Runner? Do you practice yoga? Bike every day? Swim? Dance? Do 10 push-ups per day? You have the full month of July to complete your own challenge, set by YOU. Do it all at once or across the whole month.

HOW: You choose minutes, miles, distance or other. Ongoing incentives and  challenges are available, but up to you! Everyone is welcome, but for people who miss their large in-person sporting events, this is a great way to bridge into our temporary new normal. 

WINS: Everyone who registers is eligible to win an Allied Cycleworks “ABEL” gravel bike, custom painted by Taylor Phinney (no donation or purchase required to be entered). Those who fundraise for Parkinson’s may win other great prizes and enjoy the camaraderie of a community committed to movement, and living well. Earn an entry into the Every Victory Counts Challenge Prize Pool by completing your challenge by July 31. Additional prize pool entries can be earned by fundraising and/or completing fun and interactive weekly challenges announced throughout July.

The Davis Phinney Foundation  was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization’s focus is to provide programs and resources that offer inspiration, information and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s is the No. 2 neurodegenerative disease– second only to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than 1 million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year. It is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado. Learn more

Here’s how to join:

Register and Receive a Team DPF Face Mask* PLUS You’ll be Entered to Win a Taylor Phinney Custom-painted Allied Cycleworks ABLE Gravel Bike
Register today with a $25 donation that will also count toward your fundraising total. By registering for the Every Victory Counts Challenge, we’ll send you a limited-edition Team DPF face mask while supplies last AND you’ll be entered to win a Taylor Phinney custom-painted Allied Cycleworks ABLE gravel bike. A donation is not required to enter, one entry per person, view official rules here or view a message from Taylor here.

*While supplies last

Choose Your Challenge
With many challenges to choose from, select the one that’s right for you.

  • Miles participant: As a miles participant, set a distance goal and walk, run, cycle, run + cycle, or swim throughout the month — or tackle your distance all at once.
  • Minutes participant: If a time-based goal is more your speed, set a minutes goal to achieve in July through dance, yoga, boxing, or any activity of your choice.
  • Other participant: Create your own challenge, like completing 10 pushups a day or taking the Everesting challenge — the sky’s the limit to what you can do.

You have the full month of July to complete your challenge — do it all at once or across the whole month. However you choose to complete your challenge, join the Official Race Village on Facebook. Look for the link to join in your confirmation email.

Earn Entries into the Every Victory Counts Challenge Prize Pool
Earn an entry into our Every Victory Counts Challenge prize pool by completing your challenge by July 31. Additional Prize Pool entries can be earned by completing fun and interactive mini challenges announced throughout July. A completion survey will be emailed to you on August 1. Complete the survey in three days to earn your entries and qualify for your completion poster. Check out the preview of the prize pool below!

Tour de Victory and Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s are Joining the Every Victory Counts Challenge

This year, Tour de Victory, sponsored by Team Evergreen, and Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s will be a part of the Every Victory Counts Challenge! Here’s how you can join in:

  • When you sign up for the Challenge, you’ll get to take on the Tour de Victory mini challenge July 26 – 31. The place, time, and route are up to you!
  • Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s has a team within the virtual event. Join the Louisiana Walks team when you register!

We’re excited to have these amazing events join forces with the Every Victory Counts Challenge this year – and we can’t wait to ride the Boulder countryside and walk with the Louisiana community again in the future.

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