Sunday, April 13, 2014
Please join us on April 13, 2014 for a powerful hike to raise funds for pwr!gym® and raise awareness that the progression of Parkinson’s disease can be slowed with the correct foundational principles of exercise found in the Basic4 | PWR!Moves™.
Tim Bowden was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2007. Fortunately soon after his diagnosis, Tim started working out with Dr. Becky Farley utilizing the pwr! model of research-based Parkinson-specific exercise and joined the pwr!gym® upon it’s inception in 2010 and discovered the difference that PWR!Moves™ made in his life and others with PD.
Four years ago Tim and his wife, Diane, started the Bowden PWR!Hike that involved a 15 mile hike to the top of Mt. Lemmon, a 5,000 foot climb, to demonstrate that high intensity and sustained neuroplasticity-based exercise can help people deal with the motor control and movement problems with Parkinson’s disease. This hike helped raised funds for pwr!gym® so that others with Parkinson’s access exercise as medicine regardless of need and turned into pwr!‘s largest fundraiser for three consecutive years!
This year the Bowden PWR!Hike is different in that we are challenging more people with Parkinson’s to participate with 3 different hiking opportunities; from a level 1 mile walk on paved road, an intermediate 4 mile hike with a minor (100′) elevation gain, to a 10 mile hike with a moderate (400′) elevation gain through the Catalina Foothills. The idea is to allow people with Parkinson’s with varying degrees of ability, and their care partners and families, to contribute and meet their own personal goals.
All of the hikes will start and finish at the Ramada Picnic area within the Catalina Foothills State Park. Start times will be staggered so that participants can finish their respective hikes at around the same time. Upon completion of the event, hikers will enjoy a celebration with food, drink and live music!
Note: Online registration is closed. Same-day paper registration will be available on Sunday for those who have not yet registered. Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled hike departure time so you have plenty of time to register.