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Let’s go virtual 2020 Double Helix Dash

Registrants are invited to participate in the first-ever virtual version of the Double Helix Dash 5K!

This is an opportunity for Dash runners and walkers, veterans and first-timers, to participate according to your timeline without worrying about crowds and potential exposure to COVID-19.  Due to popular demand, the HudsonAlpha Foundation has reopened registration for its virtual Double Helix Dask 5K. Participants who registered after 4/1 will not receive a t-shirt, as the order​ has already been processed.

You can run your Dash anywhere — and anytime — between March 31 and Tuesday, April 14. Simply log your time via HTC’s online form and send a photo to back it up (screenshot of fitness app, or time on Garmin, etc…).  HTC will track and post results. Just make sure you log your times by Tuesday, April 14, at 11:59pm. (Please note that while we will publish full results, due to the nature of the event, there will be no formal awards for top finishers.) 

We encourage you to post your race pictures to Facebook and tag the Double Helix Dash Facebook page. You can also post on Instagram – be sure to tag @hudsonalphainstitute and use the hashtag #dhd2020

This effort is changing lives. Violet Monson, a CSER patient from Montgomery, is the 2020 Double Helix Dash Childhood Champion. Violet suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Violet is just one example of how HudsonAlpha’s work is not only providing answers, but also delivering hope and peace of mind. The CSER (Clinical Sequencing and Exploratory Research) project at HudsonAlpha is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded effort that works to diagnose children with unexplained developmental delays through the use of genomic sequencing. Thanks to HudsonAlpha’s cutting-edge technology and dedicated, world-class scientists, the Monson family and hundreds of other families are getting correct diagnoses.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 event, please contact Jeff Moore, at A big thank you to our 2020 sponsors and partners. If you have any questions directly related to the race, please contact Alex Clark, Race Director, at

Click the photos below to view images from the 2019 race.

Double Helix Dash Event


In response to federal, state and local government recommendations, the HudsonAlpha Foundation and Huntsville Track Club have decided to cancel the 9th annual Double Helix Dash 5k and 1-mile twilight run on April 7. This was not an easy decision, but we feel it is in the best interest of our participants, staff, volunteers and the community at large.

All registrants will still receive race t-shirts, along with race bags packed with great information and goodies. In the coming weeks, we will be in touch with new details for packet pick-up. Additionally, we are exploring an alternative “virtual race” option. If it

is available, we will communicate the details.

Thank you again for your understanding, and continued support of the Double Helix Dash, which benefits childhood genomic disorder research at HudsonAlpha. We look forward to your participation in next year’s race!

Stay healthy,

Jeff Moore
Director of Annual and Planned Giving, HudsonAlpha Foundation

Alex Clark
Double Helix Dash Race Director, Huntsville Track Club