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MDA Team Momentum Fights Back Against Neuromuscular Disease at the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20, 2015 — The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s nationwide endurance program MDA Team Momentum will make its second appearance at the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 25 to help support MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely limit muscle strength and mobility.

Watch this video to see why participants choose to run with MDA Team Momentum.

Also known as the “People’s Marathon,” the Marine Corps Marathon course takes participants by a number of different national memorials and monuments through Washington, D.C. This year’s race features more than 60 MDA Team Momentum participants who will cross the most meaningful finish line of their life by raising critical funds and awareness to help a accelerate urgently needed progress for people whose abilities to move are compromised — including everyday abilities like walking, running, hugging, talking and even breathing. The team’s 2015 fundraising goal is $75,000.

“Many of Marine Corps Marathon Team Momentum members participate not only to make a difference in the lives of MDA families living in hometowns across America, but also often because someone close to them is battling a neuromuscular disease and running is a way to use their own strength to impact change,” said Team Momentum Endurance Manager Chelsea Steed. “Through Team Momentum, members train, endure and triumph together, while making an enormous impact to help accelerate MDA’s progress in muscle disease research and care for the hundreds of thousands of kids and adults who are counting on us.”

Team Momentum offers world-class training that is customized for all levels and abilities, and a supportive community of teammates, volunteers, coaches and mentors. It’s an opportunity to help kids and adults served by MDA live longer and grow stronger while getting fit and having fun.

Members receive invitations to exclusive social events, Team Momentum training and training gear, and race-weekend VIP amenities, such as access to Team Momentum tent, gear check, and private changing areas. Importantly, participants have the opportunity to honor or remember a loved one affected by neuromuscular disease.

In addition to the Marine Corps Marathon, Team Momentum secured charity partnerships for 2015 world renowned events, including the upcoming Metro PCS Dallas Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 13.

About MDA Team Momentum:

MDA Team Momentum is a nationwide endurance program that gives beginner and endurance pros alike the opportunity to participate in an endurance race, a marathon or half-marathon, and dedicate their efforts to the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

Every mile logged and every dollar raised will help MDA find treatments and cures for debilitating neuromuscular diseases while supporting its life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics. Dollars raised will also help send local children to a week where anything is possible at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families.

To join MDA Team Momentum, or to learn more, visit and like MDA Team Momentum on Facebook (

About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

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Kelli Park
MDA Public Relations Manager