Double Helix Dash breaks previous record

A record number of nearly 700 people participated in the 2017 Double Helix Dash on the HudsonAlpha campus. 572 people registered for the 5K; nearly 100 signed up for the one-mile run. The race benefits rare childhood genetic disorders research at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Click here to view race results and photos.

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HudsonAlpha co-founders, Jim Hudson and Lonnie McMillian

The 2017 childhood champion was Anna Brooke Ainsworth. After an eight year journey, the Ainsworth family received a diagnosis for the little girl through the CSER genomic research project at HudsonAlpha.

Race participants were also treated to a performance by the Merrimack Hall Dancers, a nonprofit organization that provides visual and performing arts education and cultural activities to children and adults with special needs.

Alex Clark with the Huntsville Track Club directed the race and local news anchor Demetria McClenton from WAAY-TV served as the emcee. A big thank you to all of our runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors who supported the race and childhood genetic disorder research!

It was a gorgeous afternoon to host one of North Alabama’s most unique runs. The race would not be possible without all of the runners, walkers and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event. A special acknowledgement goes out to our 20 sponsors.

To get involved or sponsor the 2018 Double Helix Dash, please contact Karen Petersen, Director of Annual and Planned Giving, at [email protected].