Race Website

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DM - Degenerative Myelopathy (also known as the Canine version of ALS / Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a genetic disease that can affect over 100 breeds of dogs!  It is caused by a degeneration of white matter in the spinal cord (the fibers that transmit movement commands from the brain to the legs) and typically occurs between 8-14 years of age (while some may develop the symptoms even sooner). It presents first with the loss of coordination of one of the hind legs and over time will typically worsen and result in paralysis of both hind legs. Most dogs will become incontinent (both bowels and urine - which can lead to Urinary Tract Infections), and over time, this debilitating disease will progress to paralysis in the front legs, organ failure and respiratory failure. DM is OFTEN misdiagnosed as many vets do not know about DM. It CAN be PREVENTED by genetic testing prior to breeding & making well educated choices!!! The numbers of PUPS that are developing it now are GROWING!!!  NOW is the TIME to SPEAK for the PUPS!!!


  • WALK, RUN, RIDE or even ROLL to help get the word out! We MUST speak for the PUPS that are forced to take this horrid DM Journey while it CAN be PREVENTED! 
  • You & your pups to participate VIRTUALLY!!!  Register for the event & choose a WARRIOR TEAM... & share your pics in your city on our #ShadeOutDM facebook page! 


Online Registration is only available due to COVID.  If you need assistance registering online email: shadeoutdm@gmail.com

Participants are asked to Register ON-LINE then you will receive a Bib (Race Number) in the email.  It's OKAY to type ZERO for the Donation part (we tried to remove it but unfortunately it is built into the Program)... if you don't feel comfortable sharing your personal information then you can skip it. Only paid registrations will be eligible for the free Giveaways & prizes (while supplies last).

SHADE OUT DM FOUNDATION is a registered 501c3 charity. All Proceeds from this Event will go to Shade Out DM Foundation, Inc., DM research AND KC's Kruisers loaner cart program providing quality loaner carts for all breeds & all sizes of pups in NEED.

Direct donations may be made thru the www.shadeoutdm.org website.

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Distance Details

The distance will be at each participant's choice! (Hence the "Race At Your Own Pace" theme)

This is a VIRTUAL RACE for you to do in YOUR OWN TOWN! 

RUN, WALK, RIDE or even ROLL... The point is to SPREAD the WORD about DM!!!




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