Research Down Syndrome Partners with the United States Air Force Marathon

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RDS Runners will be participating in races at the USAF Marathon on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Research Down Syndrome (RDS) will be partnering with the United States Air Force and its USAF Race Weekend being held in Dayton, Ohio on September 13-15. The foundation's RDS Runners Program has runners entered in the marathon, half-marathon and 10K runs.

"We are privileged to establish this partnership with the USAF and this prestigious running event", stated Dr. Robert Schoen, President of RDS. "Here in Dayton and at other events across the country in which we are charity partners, supporters are embracing this running program. They are energized by a national charity racing initiative which raises funds for Down syndrome research. We have heard from parents, other relatives, friends, and supporters of persons with Down syndrome who've told us how thrilled they are to participate in a program that combines two passions: support for persons with Down syndrome and a belief in the benefits of an active lifestyle."

Dr. Schoen will share these remarks and thank the USAF RDS Runners' team at a pre-race dinner. The team will also hear an update on advances in Down syndrome cognitive research. A significant number of research projects are supported by RDS grants. The grants are directed specifically toward studies aimed at understanding the intellectual disabilities in Down syndrome and developing drug therapies that will lead to improved memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. Other research is studying the connections between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease.

About Research Down Syndrome
Research Down Syndrome (RDS) is committed to supporting the identification of the causes of the intellectual impairments associated with Down syndrome and to facilitating the development of pharmacological therapies to improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. RDS supports and funds Down syndrome cognitive research conducted at preeminent research institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, The University of Arizona, University of California, San Diego, The University of Texas, Austin, and VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Research Down Syndrome is a legal corporate entity, and is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, go to, or contact RDS: or 877.863.2121.

About the USAF Marathon
The Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing, will be held Sept. 15 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Participants start and finish at the National Air Force Museum, and spectators are welcome at the museum or in downtown Fairborn. Other events include a half marathon and 10K to be held on the 15th. The Air Force 5K hosted by Wright State University will be run on Sept. 14 at the Wright State University Nutter Center. The Sports and Fitness Expo will also be held at the Nutter Center on Sept. 13-14.

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