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3rd Annual Parkinson’s Won’t Stop Me 5K

April 17, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

due to Broward County Parks closures to events, we will reschedule the Parkinson’s Won’t Stop Me 5K to 2021

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. People with PD may experience:

  • Tremor, mainly at rest and described as pill rolling tremor in hands. Other forms of tremor are possible
  • Bradykinesia
  • Limb rigidity
  • Gait and balance problems

The cause remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. While Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, disease complications can be serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th cause of death in the United States.

The first step to living well with Parkinson’s disease is to understand the disease and the progression:

It is possible to have a good to great quality of life with PD. Working with your doctor and following recommended therapies are essential in successfully treating symptoms by using dopaminergic medications. People with PD need this medication because they have low levels or are missing dopamine in the brain, mainly due to impairment of neurons in the substantia nigra.

It is important to understand that people with PD first start experiencing symptoms later in the course of the disease because a significant amount of the substantia nigra neurons have already been lost or impaired. Lewy bodies (accumulation of abnormal alpha-synuclein) are found in substantia nigra neurons of PD patients.

Scientists are exploring ways to identify biomarkers for PD that can lead to earlier diagnosis and more tailored treatments to slow down the disease process. Currently, all therapies used for PD improve symptoms without slowing or halting the disease progression.

In addition to movement-related (“motor”) symptoms, Parkinson’s symptoms may be unrelated to movement (“non-motor”).People with PD are often more impacted by their non-motor symptoms than motor symptoms. Examples of non-motor symptoms include: apathy, depression, constipation, sleep behavior disorders, loss of sense of smell and cognitive impairment.

In idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, progression tends to be slow and variable. Doctors often use the Hoehn and Yahr scale to gauge the progression of the disease over the years. The scale was originally implemented in 1967 and it included stages zero to five, where zero is no signs of Parkinson’s and five is advanced PD. It was later changed to become the modified Hoehn and Yahr scale.

So many people in South Florida have been affected or know someone who has been affected by Parkinson’s Disease.  The 3rd Annual Parkinson’s Won’t Stop Me 5K – Honoring Miami-Dade Fire Fighter Paul Bersach will help the Parkinson’s Foundation raise money to help find a cure and help those affected.  Paul Bersach, a former Miami-Dade Fire Fighter, was affected by this unfortunate disease and this 5K will honor his name and help ensure other families do not go through what his family endured.  Paul dedicated so much of his life to helping others, including 30 years of service to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.  Paul is blessed with a beautiful family, starting with his wife Toby and their three children Stacey, Andy, and Cindy.  The family is focused on continuing his legacy of giving.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Parkinson’s Foundation in Paul’s honor.  Your support is humbling and will help all those who are fighting against Parkinson’s Disease, which will be one step closer to a cure thanks to your support.


Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Rd.     Coconut Creek, FL    33066
Certified 5K Course

$30.00 – January 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020
$35.00 – September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020
$37.50 – October 1, 2020 through October 3, 2020
$45.00 – October 4, 2020 (Race Day)
*if you have a team ( a team consist of two or more participants) you will receive a 10% discount.  On page one of the Active registration process, you will “Create A Team” or “Join A Team”.  Simply creating a team or joining a team will provide you a 10% savings.

*Race Packet Pickup information coming soon.

6:00am:  Tradewinds Park Opens
Registration Open (packet pickup and race day registration available)
6:30am:  Pre-Race Zumba warm-up
6:55am:  Call To The Starting Line / National Anthem
7:00am:  5K Race Begins (Chip Timed 5K)
8:00am:  5K Race Awards and Podium Presentation



April 17, 2021
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Victory Sports Management


Tradewinds Park
3600 W Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL 33026 United States
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