Team Drea’s Race MedALS program pairs people living with ALS with athletes who wishTeam Drea’s Race MedALS program pairs people living with ALS with athletes who wish to run a race in their honor. While the athletes know that a race is far less difficult than the challenges of ALS, they hope to provide support and encouragement by letting the person know that others — even strangers — care about them and want them to keep fighting and hold onto hope.
Andrea Lytle Peet created Team Drea in January 2015 to encourage her friends and family to take on a running race or triathlon that represented a challenge to them and to use it as an opportunity to raise money for ALS research. Andrea was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 at the age of 33, less than a year after completing a 70.3-mile half Ironman triathlon. Now in its third year, Team Drea has grown to 150 members and raised $150,000 for ALS TDI and the Blazeman Foundation. Thanks to her slow progression,Andrea completed 12 races in 2016 on her recumbent trike and dedicated each race to a fellow ALS warrior who has been an inspiration to her. She aims to do 12 races in 2017, health-permitting!
How it Works:
To nominate an ALS warrior (self-nominations welcome):
- Complete this form and provide the person’s name, address, and 2-3 sentences about his/her story (optional).
- Sometime in 2017, the person will receive a race medal with a handwritten note from an athlete who has completed a race in his/her honor.
If you would like to join Team Drea and race in honor of someone with ALS, sign up here. You are asked to raise at least $250 for ALS TDI or the Blazeman Foundation. Team members may sign-up here to be matched with an ALS Warrior.
Questions? Email Heather Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org)