Annual Race Event to benefit Parkinson’s group scheduled for April 29


BISMARCK – People who can will run and walk for people who cannot in the Dakota River Runners Race for Parkinson’s on Saturday, April 29.

The four-race event will benefit the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group. Member Garry Wagner says that the group is excited about the seventh annual event.

“This is a great opportunity to inform and educate the community about Parkinson’s disease and the assistance the support group can offer,” Wagner said. “The money raised from the race will be used to sponsor speakers and events regarding the disease and potential new treatments.”

Last year the group held the sixth annual Dakota River Runners Race for Parkinson’s and had over 400 participants.  The group hopes to build on their success from last year.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Sertoma Park community shelter near the amusement park.  The “family fun” 1-mile walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the competitive 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer run starts at 9:00 a.m. and the kids 1 mile fun run will begin at 9:45.

Early registration is $25 and the registration form can be found under the Race for Parkinson’s tab or online registration is possible at . Registration for the kids run is $10. Registration forms are also available  by calling Sara at (701) 400-8167 or emailing Registration the day of the race is $30.

The Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group is a group of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and caregivers, who share an interest in educating themselves about the disease and developing a greater public awareness of Parkinson’s.

The group meets at 3 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel’s Community. For more information, contact Garry or Linda Wagner at 701-663-2177.

A brain disorder that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination, Parkinson’s disease most often develops after age 50. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly, although it can occur in younger people. It affects both men and women. There is no known cure.

For more information on this event, please contact Sara Kelsch at 701-400-8167 or email