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British Runner Braving Parkinson’s Disease

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 28, 2010

He’s on a mission to run 6,000 miles for charity.

Two years ago, when he was just 35 years old, Alex Flynn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But that hasn’t stopped him. Since his diagnosis, the lawyer from Henley, England has been on a global mission to raise $1.5 million for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. His mission is to walk, run, or even crawl 6,000 miles by 2014.

On January 21, Flynn will head to Dubai where he will take part in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. After finishing that race, he will have completed 10% of his goal.

When asked what he’d like to say to people in Dubai inspired by his feat, Flynn said: ”There is no local support group for people in Dubai with Parkinson’s so I’d like to be able to discuss how help and support can be made available. People with the disease are not alone – come and help me to help them and come cheer me on.”

After his Dubai run, Flynn says he will head back to Europe where he will take part in a 1,500-mile run across that continent and then head to the United States where he will run coast to coast.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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