Colorado Couple Runs 100 Miles in Rocky Mountains to Support Research Down Syndrome

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Siobhan and Dan Pritchard will be running in support of Down syndrome cognitive research and their son James in the Leadville Trail 100 Mile run on August 18.

Siobhan and Dan Pritchard

We are so excited to join with other RDS Runners to support Down syndrome research.

Siobhan Pritchard has been running for 25 years. More recently, she began trail running. These tracks typically include mountains, rough terrains and desert climes. This year, Siobhan decided to up the challenge of trail running by competing in the grueling Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run.

What Siobhan (who now has been joined by her husband Dan) did not anticipate, as she began her training, was that she would be dedicating her efforts in this most arduous event to a cause.

In May, Siobhan and Dan were informed 30 minutes after delivery that their beautiful baby boy, James, was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

As Siobhan noted at the time:

"It was like training your hardest for the Boston marathon, but, instead of toeing the line in Boston, you find yourself in the middle of the Leadville 100. You've trained... just not quite for the right race, but in the end the beauty of the course and the rewards are so much greater than what Boston would have brought you. Sure, there are more hills, more ups and downs, and your legs might burn, but the most beautiful views are after that massive climb up Hope Pass."

Siobhan and Dan will be running in the Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run to support Research Down Syndrome, joining with RDS Runners’ teams competing in events all across the country to support Down syndrome cognitive research.

Siobhan says:

“When my son, James, was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. We have received such an outpouring of support over the past couple months it has been amazing.
I am running for a foundation called Research Down Syndrome. Their mission is to develop safe and effective drug therapies designed to improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. I was introduced to RDS and its running program through a family friend and immediately knew this was a great opportunity.”

So, on August 18, Siobhan and Dan will run 100 miles in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This remarkable event will take place over elevations between 9,000 and nearly 13,000 feet, and must be completed within a 30-hour time limit. It is a run of extreme endurance and utmost challenge.

Please recognize the extraordinary efforts of Siobhan and Dan by making a contribution today that will assist Research Down Syndrome in its mission to change the course in understanding and treating the intellectual disabilities in Down syndrome.

You can follow this remarkable story on Siobhan's blog: Run Hard. Thank You, Siobhan and Dan!

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