FAQs

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Here are some questions that other people have asked. If you can't find the answer to your question, then please contact us.

Running Down Dementia is an award-winning challenge from Alzheimer's Research UK and parkrun. It's back for its second year, and we're challenging you to run 100km before 31 October and raise £100 for cutting-edge research into dementia prevention.

Running Down Dementia is bigger and better this year – we've added a 250km challenge for those who want to really push themselves!

  1. Register to take part in Running Down Dementia.
  2. Follow the steps to create a Running Down Dementia supporter page, where people can view your progress and sponsor you.
  3. Connect your supporter page to either Strava or MapMyFitness to make sure your activity is tracked (Watch our videos about connecting your tracking app) or you can manually add your runs on your supporter page.
  4. Make sure you track every activity you do, otherwise it won't be counted towards your total.
  5. Get running! If you're looking for inspiration and motivation during your challenge, check out our #TeamARUK updates from our RDD Heroes, or get in touch to tell us your own story!
  6. Check your progress on the leaderboards and see how you, your local parkrun or your corporate team compare!

parkrun is the organiser of weekly, free, timed 5km events at more than 440 parkland locations across the UK. The events are open to everyone and all you need to do is register on their site, print your unique barcode and head along to your next local event. You can register for free at: www.parkrun.org.uk/register

No, you can still sign up even if you're not registered with parkrun. Just sign up to Running Down Dementia, create a supporter page, connect a tracking device and off you go.

Alzheimer's Research UK is proud to be the official charity partner of parkrun UK.

Yes – we'd love for you to be involved again this year! Just log back into your everydayhero account and set up your Running Down Dementia 2017 page within it. We'd advise doing a short test run to make sure your accounts are set up correctly and that your tracker is still connected before you start your run!

Absolutely not! You can do it your own way – whether that's running 5km a week for five months at a parkrun event or walking 20km a month. As long as you track all your activity with your tracking app you can complete the challenge however you choose.

Money raised from Running Down Dementia will support Alzheimer's Research UK's world class research, including treatments, preventions and ultimately a cure for the diseases that cause dementia.

Your donations will help pay for state of the art equipment and will fund research at every level, from PhD studentships to major projects. The money raised during Running Down Dementia 2017 may also contribute towards one of our big research initiatives or awareness campaigns.

Yes! You can still set up your supporter page and add runs manually within everydayhero.

New parkruns are launched each week and we'll be trying our best to add these to the campaign. If you notice your parkrun isn't available you can add it to your profile later.

Check out these videos on how to connect your tracking device

How to connect your tracking devices

Link everydayhero to Strava

Link everydayhero to MapMyFitness