Support Alzheimer’s Awareness and Join JYM on
September 12 and 13, 2020
for its 7th Annual 5K Run and 1.5-mile Walk!
Jog Your Memory 5K, A Run for Alzheimer’s Goes Virtual
In 2014, Jess and Bob Rice of Needham, Massachusetts, founded Jog Your Memory 5K Inc. An accredited 501(c)(3), JYM holds an annual USA Track and Field-certified 5K run and 1.5 mile walk to support research aimed at ending Alzheimer’s disease. Jess’s mother, Carol Caley, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2007, and the Caley and Rice families continue to be inspired by the strength Carol continues to show battling the disease.
Each consecutive year, the JYM event and team exceed all expectations. The number of participants and donors have grown each year, as has the amount of money they raise for Alzheimer’s caregiver support and research. Over the last six years, JYM has raised more than $688,000 for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Jess and Bob Rice credit this success to caring friends, a brilliant and highly committed Board, and runners from the Northeast and throughout the United States, and especially the town of Needham. The hard work of board members, including Jess’s father, Dick Caley, Harry Stants, Ryan McKee, Sarah French Gibbons and Kevin McKeon, volunteers and other advocates has led this Needham-based race to become a community staple.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the JYM team to pivot and go virtual.
Their goal now is to bring together the Alzheimer’s community even while being apart. With this new virtual race platform, you don’t have to live in Needham, the Greater Boston Area, or Massachusetts. If you prefer to run in the morning or maybe the afternoon or even at night, it all works. Maybe you prefer a trail, a beach, the city, a treadmill, doesn’t matter. Never run a 5K before!? No sweat! This format allows you to complete a 5K or 1.5 Mile Walk anytime during the weekend of September 12th-13th.
JYM hopes to make this year extra special and is encouraging people who care about this cause to engage their friends, family, and colleagues.
80% of the event’s proceeds are directed to CureAlz, where every dollar is then used to fund important Alzheimer’s research.