On August 20, 2016, the 18th Annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, a 5K Run/Walk and Kids for Kids Fun Run will take place in downtown Rockford. Proceeds from this event are donated to “Parent Project MD”, a non-profit organization dedicated to expedite viable treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
DMD is the most lethal form of Muscular Dystrophy, striking only boys at a very young age. One in 3,500 male children are afflicted with Duchenne MD worldwide. Mitchell Peterson, 20, of Rockford, was diagnosed with DMD shortly before his 3rd birthday. The goal of MRTR 2016 is to raise additional funding to be donated in Mitchell’s name to “Parent Project MD”.
Over the past 17 years, MRTR has included over 10,000 participants, 1,000 volunteers, and several thousand spectators, raising over $885,000. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford has been designated by Classic Race Management as “One of the Premier Running Events in West Michigan”.