Davis Phinney Foundation and Team DPF Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
May 23, 2022
The 2022 Team DPF riders at the Durango, Colorado, event are raising funds to support the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Durango Parkinson's Community.
Durango, CO /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, a unique Colorado ride following the narrow gauge D&R GW railroad route from Durango to Silverton, partners with the Davis Phinney Foundation to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s programs in the community. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Iron Horse ride honoring a long heritage of community support.
The effort is part of the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™, a new initiative to help support community leaders, volunteers, and advocates in the pursuit of making the places where we live, work and play more inclusive and supportive for those living with Parkinson’s.
“Each year, I ride with my team of friends and supporters to raise funds for the Davis Phinney Foundation,” said Joe Williams, Durango local and a leader in the Parkinson’s community. “I pedal through mountains high enough to suck my breath away. I welcome the hours of effort because I know that the money I raise changes the lives of many people with Parkinson’s. I’m proud to support the work of the Davis Phinney Foundation because it makes a difference for so many communities like ours,” he said.
Research by the Foundation has indicated the needs of those affected by Parkinson’s often exceed the resources available to help them. Organization and community leaders wish they had more support, more access to financial resources to support initiatives, and more regional awareness about Parkinson’s, especially in rural and underserved communities. The Healthy Parkinson’s Communities initiative addresses these needs and helps communities go further than they could alone.
Joe joins Team DPF as part of a squad of 15 fundraising riders at the 2022 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The program is open to people of all abilities who want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s in the United States. Team DPF supporters raised over $1,000,000 to fund the Foundation’s free educational resources, community programs, and quality of life research in 2021.
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, early-stage research, and resources that offer inspiration, information, and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action to improve their quality of life immediately. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than one million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.
Team DPF is the grassroots fundraising community that supports the Davis Phinney Foundation through participation in athletic and community-based events. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment, and fundraising for Parkinson’s, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. Team DPF also extends to runners, climbers, swimmers, community events, and more with roots in cycling. Team DPF is sponsored by: Primal, Sur Phytoperformance, Skratch Labs, BOCO Gear, Wahoo Fitness, Trek Bicycles, Acorda Pharmaceuticals, Outside Events, and Baker Insurance.
Visit dpf.org to learn more.