The Big Foot Endurance Trail Race. Miles for Dad.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Hills conquered. Finish line crossed. Another challenge completed. 

Yesterday my friend and partner-in-Real-Estate Cherie and I ran the Big Foot Endurance 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge, MD to support Parkinson's Research and to honor our parents. 

We are both daughters of Parkinson's patients and #realtorswhocare. We are grateful to RipIt Events and Big Foot Endurance for organizing such events, for raising awareness and funds to support Parkinson's Research and to find a cure someday (soon). 

This was the first-of-its-kind event for us, but it won't be the last. We are so glad to have found you Big Foot Endurance and will gladly join you in running #milesfordad and #milesformom, "wearing Big Foot Endurance apparel, raising money for Parkinson's research and celebrating life". ⇐ click on the link if you'd like to join in, too! 

The race was phenomenal! The weather was perfect, the atmosphere wonderful, and the post-race beer - sponsored by Hysteria Brewing - the best! This wasn't the easiest course, beginning and ending with an incline, but a great one. It's just moments from my house, so I've hiked/run these trails many times and will always dedicate my Rockburn miles to my dad. Although I didn't get to PR (far from it, courtesy of my left IT band), I was super happy crossing the finish line nonetheless! 

My dad is the reason I run. He took me trail running when I was just old enough to tie my own shoes. He's run many marathons in his life and although Parkinson's disease is preventing him from long runs now, he's still in it. When I get to fly across the pond and visit, we always make time for Sunday Runday. It's slow but forward, and forward is a pace. Running will always be the special bond we share. 

"Parkinson's Disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Parkinson's symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses people may have difficulty walking and talking. They may also have mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue." [NIH: NIA]

There's no cure (yet) for Parkinson's disease. Therapies can only relieve symptoms.

The Big Foot Endurance 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race included an orange ribbon trail. Participants were invited to write a message in memory/in honor of a loved one with Parkinson's disease. Besides crossing the finish line, running along this stretch of the trail was by far my favorite moment. A heartfelt THANK YOU to Big Foot Endurance and RipIt Events. You all rock! 

 Miles for dad. Big Foot Endurance Trail Race.

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Comments (18)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoy and appreciate your energy and the runs that you do.  Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. A

Dec 05, 2021 01:14 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you very much Ron and Alexandra Seigel. This is a cause so close to my heart. Hopefully I get to go on another run with my dad next year, and we can both sport some Big Foot Endurance gear!  

Dec 05, 2021 03:34 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Congratulations for finishing the race.  I have a Brother-in-law that is starting with the Parkinsons and that shaking hand is really getting to him.  The memory loss is apparent as well.

Dec 05, 2021 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Andrea- so glad you did this!!!!  Our good friend had Parkinson's and learned a few years ago that his wife now has it. I hope that you get to go across the pond soon for a Sunday Runday. 

Dec 05, 2021 06:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea good for you and I am so thrilled to read why you did it, Endre

Dec 05, 2021 11:51 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr.

Dec 07, 2021 07:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - congratulations on completing the race.  The cause is a noble one.  

Dec 06, 2021 04:27 AM
Andrea Bedard

Yes it is. Thank you very much Michael Jacobs

Dec 07, 2021 07:04 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love that the event supports research for Parkinson's.  My Dad has Parkinson's and he seems really lucky in that the medication has always kept it from progressing.

Dec 06, 2021 04:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that you were able (and energetic enough) to do this run for Dad and to raise money for a cure. Great photos!

Dec 06, 2021 05:35 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Kat Palmiotti, I cannot not run 😊 

Dec 07, 2021 07:03 AM
Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Hello Andrea - Hope you enjoyed the wonderful event. Wish you all the best. 

Dec 06, 2021 06:47 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Tony Busanich, I did, very much so!  

Dec 07, 2021 07:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a feeling of accomplishment you must have.  And to have participated for a such a great cause, near and dear to you.  Well done!

Dec 06, 2021 09:51 AM
Andrea Bedard

I only wish my dad could've been there Chris Ann Cleland, or - even better - run it with me!  

Dec 07, 2021 07:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, how fun, and for a great charity.   I have a client with Parkinson's also, and tough to watch them deteriorate.  

Dec 07, 2021 06:17 AM
Andrea Bedard

It's very difficult Joan Cox! So we must fund research for a cure to be found. 

Dec 07, 2021 07:01 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you all! I appreciate your comments more than you know. 

Ed Silva, it's the leg for my dad. It gets him so restless that he must get up and walk, or jog, or ride his bike. I am so glad he's still able but it is becoming more challenging, fast.

Thanks Kathy Streib, unfortunately, with the most recent COVID developments, I won't be able to go for the Holidays. I am hoping that we can make our annual summer trip happen, if not sooner.

Brian England that's wonderful and I hope it will continue to be that way for him! There are some things the medication is definitely helping my dad, but in other ways the progression is very fast. It's difficult to watch and cope with, especially from afar. Next event I'll let you know ahead of time. If there's a dedication, we can include your dad.     

Dec 07, 2021 07:00 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Glad you had a great run and keep up those Sunday Rundays with dad

Dec 08, 2021 08:46 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea Bedard It is you that rock and you are a rock for all that you are able to accomplish. Thanks for sharing your run and how you are honoring your dad!

Dec 08, 2021 11:49 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Just as soon as I get to cross the ocean again! Thanks Rocky Dickerson!

Because I have such a wonderful circle of really good people is how I am able to accomplish so much. Thank you for being part of it Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400!   

Dec 08, 2021 02:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning, Andrea,
I so admire your dedication to raising funds for Parkinson's Research. My husband had Parkinson's for many years. He was well controlled with medication for many years.

Congratulations on doing and finishing the run. 

Dec 10, 2021 07:25 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Very cool that they incorporated the orange ribbon part, that's certainly a special touch to what sounds like a fun race for a great cause.

Dec 13, 2021 02:04 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Carol Williams! I am hoping to be able to participate again, just wish I could get my dad here to run it with me.

That was one of my favorite parts John Meussner, ranking right up there with the finish line and Hysteria Brewing! We got to write our ribbons the night before at race packet pickup.. an emotional moment for sure, but such sweet touch! 

Dec 13, 2021 07:15 PM