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NDSS Takes On 2nd Annual 250+ Mile Run for Down Syndrome Advocacy

The National Down Syndrome Society prepares for its second multi-day relay run


WASHINGTON (March 13, 2019) – The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, proudly announces the return of the Run for 3.21, a 250+ mile run from Washington D.C. to New York City. In honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, the run serves as an opportunity to raise funds, awareness and acceptance for the Down syndrome community.

The three-day journey kicks off at 6:00 a.m. on March 19 at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, arriving at United Nations Headquarters on March 21. The team will run more than 48 total hours to complete the course, which winds its way through the northeast’s rolling countryside’s, bustling downtowns and the hearts of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Princeton and New York.

“Once again, NDSS is lucky to have an eager team of athletes join us for our Run for 3.21,” said NDSS Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Outreach & Events Kandi Pickard. “This team is comprised of an inspiring combination of advocates, athletes and allies across the community.

“Run for 3.21, along with its virtual companion event, Racing for 3.21, is perhaps our most powerful grassroots advocacy movement leading up to World Down Syndrome Day. Through the run, we can celebrate the accomplishments and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome, while continuing to work toward a world of greater possibilities and acceptance for all. We invite our community to come out and cheer with us along the route, run with us virtually in the Racing for 3.21 or consider supporting us through a donation or sponsorship.”

NDSS is proud to welcome its 2019 Run for 3.21 athletes: Todd Angus, Tanya Brooks, Sean Cassidy, Courtney Edwards, Jaime Ferrucio, Melissa Flink, Suzanne Garwood, Leslie Hoglund, Jessica Kuss, Bill Lawfield, Olivia Mack, Gina Mannion, Dori Newton, Luz Ortega, Ray Pickard, Elaine Pinder, Jen Polcini, Michelle Ray, Beth Sheely, Danielle Thompson and Amanda Young.

Sponsors of the 2019 Run for 3.21 include Bombas, Delaware Running Company, Goodr, Headsweats, KT Tape, New York Sports Clubs, NoxGear, Philadelphia Sports Clubs, Potomac River Running, Running Warehouse, Voya Financial, WaWa, Wegmans and ZBest Worldwide.

Individuals or organizations wishing to support Team NDSS can do so online:


The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for all people with Down syndrome in the world. The mission of NDSS is to be the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, which include: The National Advocacy & Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, its Down Syndrome Health Resources & Promotion Program, the first of its kind #DSWORKS® Employment Program, which is showing the world that people with Down syndrome are ready, willing and ABLE to work as well as the National Buddy Walk® Program. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.