The International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association invites you to join us in a collective effort to walk, run, or bike to bring awareness and funding to support families and individuals in the mosaic Down syndrome community. Join our virtual community to Race for Research!
Unlike a traditional race, Racing for Research takes place where you are and as often as you want, anytime between October 1-28, 2023.
Your participation, whether you register, sponsor, donate or spread the word, makes a positive impact on our families. Dedicate your workout for a great cause and get moving!

Anyone can join! We are looking for friends, colleagues, and family in our community to participate to help raise money and awareness for mosaic Down syndrome. Teams are also welcome. This is a great way to achieve your health goals while supporting a great cause!


All participants who complete their DISTANCE or FUNDRAISING goal will be entered in a raffle for a FREE Family Registration to a future Research & Retreat Weekend!


This four week challenge is a creative way to involve your friends, family and colleagues in staying fit and enjoying the camaraderie of a great team activity, while also supporting a great cause. Get ready to rack up the miles however you see fit!


We also encourage you to post pictures to the Community Scrapbook, proudly showing off your workouts and progress!


Don't want to participate by walking or running but still want to give back to the campaign? That’s okay. Click our donation button to make a contribution!


Campaign Engagement
This campaign offers numerous ways to get involved and earn points! Whether you’re posting in the scrapbook, leaving comments, chatting with others, or sending invitation emails, every action counts. Refer to the CAMPAIGN ENGAGEMENT POINTS CHART below to see how each activity earns points and start participating now to boost your score.
COMPLETED: 1,094 miles
TARGET: 2,100 miles
RAISED: $ 1,635
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints around the clover!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
IMDSA is designed to support families and individuals whose lives have been touched by mosaic Down syndrome by continuously pursuing research opportunities and increasing awareness in medical, educational and public communities around the world.

We encourage each fundraising team to set a target of $321 to contribute towards our target goal of $15,000!

Read more about the organization >>

Since its inception in 2001, the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association has been dedicated to supporting families whose lives have been touched by the diagnosis of mosaic Down syndrome. IMDSA is a volunteer run organization with a growing number of enthusiastic members and we are committed to expanding knowledge and awareness of mDs.

IMDSA faces the same financial concerns as many other non-profits and your kind donations are vital to help offset the many costs associated with running the organization.

Our work is funded solely by donations, so whatever you can give makes a huge difference. Every penny donated is immediately put to good work supporting mosaic Down syndrome research efforts, hosting the Research and Retreat Weekend, facilitating network events for Self Advocates with mosaic Down syndrome, and promoting community through Facebook groups.

No matter how big or small, your donation makes a huge difference so please donate today.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.