07 Apr 2020

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Double Helix Dash will start on the HudsonAlpha campus. It is one of the most unique races in North Alabama. It begins and ends on Genome Way in front of HudsonAlpha and winds through McMillian Park’s distinctive double helix path.

Race registration is now open. Before February 1, race fees are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile. On February 1, race fees will increase to $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile. Proceeds from the Double Helix Dash support HudsonAlpha’s work with rare and undiagnosed genetic disorders, which affect some 25 million children and adults across the country. Through clinical research programs and the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, HudsonAlpha is providing life-changing and life-saving answers to families struggling with rare and undiagnosed diseases. Using our cutting-edge technology, HudsonAlpha scientists have already provided much-needed diagnoses for children in our community and beyond.

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.

Check out the race map to view the unique course.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 event, please click here or contact Karen Petersen, Director of Annual and Planned Giving, at kpetersen@hudsonalpha.org. A big thank you to our 2019 sponsors and partners. If you have any questions directly related to the race, please contact Alex Clark, Race Director, at aclark1983@gmail.com.

Click the photos below to view images from the 2018 race.