Kilter Miles for Meaning Challenge

Please join the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s in the 2021 Miles for Meaning Challenge! The team with the most miles from March 1-31, 2021 will win a minimum $25,000 donation. The challenge is free to join – just download the Kilter Rewards app and track your miles each day. There are also individual prizes throughout the challenge as well.

You can see more details and sign up for the challenge here.

Congratulations 2020 (FIRST PLACE WINNER) Jamen Spitzer!

From December 8-14, 2020 Kilter Rewards kicked off the Miles for Meaning Challenge with the Captain’s Challenge competition. The challenge was who could run the most miles in one week – each team had one representative. The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s was represented by Team 23 superstar Jamen Spitzer who won FIRST PLACE with a whopping 154 miles run in just one week. That included 2 full marathons (one day over 30 miles!) and even a personal best time. Jamen – we are so proud of you and thank you for all that you do with us in the fight against Parkinson’s! You can see more about Jamen’s thoughts about the competition in this video:

Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s is a 2021 Detroit Marathon Charity Partner

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We are pleased to announce that the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s will be a charity partner for the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon. Registration opens January 1, 2021. Race weekend will be October 16-17, 2021 and includes the following distances:

  • Full Marathon 26.2 Miles
  • International Half-Marathon 13.1 Miles
  • U.S.-Only Half-Marathon 13.1 Miles
  • Marathon Relay (Complete the marathon with friends!)
  • Competitive 1-Mile
  • 5K
  • And the Meijer Kids Fun Run!

You can sign up for any of these distances and raise funds for the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s while you train/race! All races will have a virtual run option as well. Early bird pricing is from January 1- March 1, 2021 and prices increase March 2, 2021. Please remember to choose the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s as your charity when you sign up! As part of our Team 23 running team, you will raise a minimum of $500 on the GivenGain fundraising platform, and you will receive a Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s dri-fit shirt for running as part of our team!

You can see full event details at: https://www.freepmarathon.com/

All precautions for the race related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

For a recap of the 2020 race and Team 23’s great accomplishments you can read Jamen and Debra’s stories here.

If you were signed up for 2020 and deferred to 2021, you should have received your code for sign up from the Detroit Marathon team.

We hope you will join us by running together in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. For further questions please email michelle@kirkgibsonfoundation.org

Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity 2020!

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The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s is participating in the 2020 Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity program! You can vote for the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s from November 18th through December 2nd – you can vote once per day! The Top 5 charities move on to the final round beginning December 9th and compete for the top prize of $20,000. You can vote here and read more about the program here!

Thank you for your support – any proceeds we raise during this time frame will go to fight Parkinson’s Disease.

Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Virtual Marathon Recap

finishes of the virtual marathon Detroit Kilter and Team23 KGF

Over the weekend of October 16-18th, thousands of runners participated in the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Virtual Marathon. While our first year as a charity partner for the event didn’t go quite as expected, we are proud to announce that our Team 23 runners raised over $6,000 in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease!

We are so proud of Debra Gleeson and Jamen Spitzer!


Debra Gleeson
Jamen Spitzer

Debra is a new runner and completed the Temptation challenge – a 5K + 1 Mile race and even beat her goal time. She had an original fundraising goal of $1,500 and raised over $2,000! She was supported in her run by her daughter Haley, and ran in honor of her husband Tim is who is battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Jamen is a Michigan native who now lives in Los Angeles. He ran his first ever full marathon – 26. 2 miles along the California coast. Jamen ran in support of his father Ben who is fighting Parkinson’s Disease. Jamen has been documenting his training and is working on a film that chronicles his journey as a runner and his relationship with his father. Jamen beat his original fundraising goal of $2,300 and raised over $3,000!

Team 23 also participated in the Detroit Marathon Charity Partner Challenge via the Kilter Rewards app. With 39 participants our team came in second place and raised an additional $700 dollars to fight Parkinson’s. Stay tuned for future challenges with Team 23 on Kilter Rewards – all you have to do to support the fight against Parkinson’s is lace up those sneakers and start moving!

We hope you’ll join us in 2021 for race weekend.