The Florence Forth community came together on a cool (some would say cold) March morning to race-run-walk through the streets of Durham.  We crowned Donnie Cowart and Heidi Bretscher NC 10K state champs. All of the kids in the Kid’s Cape Dash were winners. The entire Florence Forth community supported 27 autoimmune encephalitis families and patients that traveled to Durham from across the U.S.: Florida, New Jersey, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, California and the Carolina’s.  Together we raised $60,000 to advance the work of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. Thank you for your help!


Went To

Proceeds from 2015 Florence Forth allowed the AE Alliance to attend a critical conference in Barcelona Spain about the the disease. This conference attracted doctors and researchers from the the world bringing together experts in autoimmune encephalitis treatment and further integrating the Alliance into this growing international community. We also used proceeds to create the AE Clinicians Network located on the home page of our website. As you can imagine, finding a doctor who has experience in diagnosing and treating AE is not easy on your own. Our Network brings this information into a consolidated resource for patients, families and other doctors to connect with one another. All furthering our mission of making sure families are not facing AE alone. Thanks for your help!

10K Results


Class Runner Time
Course Record 31:02.8
Men's Overall Donnie Cowart 31:02.8
Women's Overall Heidi Bretscher 38:41.8
Men's Masters Tim Meigs 33:57.7
Women's Masters Nancy Kaiser 40:16.2

5K Results


Class Runner Time
Course Record 17.51.2
Men's Overall Dylan Reiners 17.51.2
Women's Overall Erin Schliep 20:48.3
Men's Masters Jeff Halbert 21:18.3
Women's Masters Brenda Winkler 25:00.6

Team Fundraising

Total Raised


Top Team

Owl Power! raised $5,200

Thank you to all our 2015 sponsors


Super Hero Sponsors

These sponsors provide support for a critical function associated with the race.  Click on the logo to learn more about these super heroes.

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2015 Registration Sponsor 2015 Timing Sponsor
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2015 Awards Sponsor 2015 Website Sponsor



Community Hero Sponsors

The following community leaders, businesses and organizations provide financial and material support for Florence Forth.

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Local Hero Sponsors

Local Hero Sponsors are small businesses and other supporters who make Florence Forth possible with donations of time, money, food and other resources.  Please contact us to learn how to be one of our heroes.


Beanpeace Roastery Big Spoon Roasters Bikram Yoga Durham & Chapel Hill
Blue Corn Café Bruegger’s Bagels Carrboro Music Loft
Catherine D. Ray DMDc Central Pharmacy Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership
Duke Pediatric Dentistry Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company Durham Co-op Market
Empower Fitness Financial Strategies Group Happy Mess Art Studio
Hilton Garden Inn Linton Architects MATI Energy
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