Let’s do it again!

Did you Florence Forth last year?

Last year’s Florence Forth was another great success. With 1400 runners and walkers, it was the largest Florence Forth yet. You helped raise $50,000 for the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance!! Course records were set in the 10K and 5K races. And lot’s of fun was had by all.

If you finished Florence Forth last year, you’ll remember the great finishers medal and awesome live music. The race was supported by over 20 local businesses and sponsors and 120-plus volunteers. Want to relive last year? Check out the 2016 archives page.

Registration now open for 2017.

You helped thousands of autoimmune encephalitis patients.

You may never have heard of autoimmune encephalitis (sometimes just called AE). It’s a serious medical condition in which the immune system attacks the brain, impairing function. With rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment, many patients recover most Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance Logoor all functions. However, not all patients experience full recovery with about 6% mortality. The Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance is a Durham-based non-profit that educates doctors, facilitates research and connects families so that no one faces AE alone.

Proceeds from Florence Forth 2016 allowed the AE Alliance to fund an AE clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, host a symposium for clinicians exploring new treatment  protocols, expand access to AE information and continue connecting patients to AE clinicians and experts. Thank you for helping so many by running Florence Forth.

Let’s do it again!

ff-theme-banner-600x600-squareRegistration is now open for the 5th annual Florence Forth on March 4, 2017. This will be a special year with the fifth running of Florence Forth on the day the race is named for. March 4th is the only day of the year that commands us to do something – to March Forth. It is also the day that six-year old Florence McDow lost her battle with AE.

Whether you’ve run all four previous Florence Forth races or this is your first, come join together as we celebrate five years running.