Florence Forth

Saturday March 5th, 2022

We are planning an exciting 10th  Anniversary Florence Forth Race Weekend. Stay tuned!

2021 Recap

The 2021 edition of Florence Forth was run in 22 states! 

Due to COVID-19 we had to re-invent the in-person race in Durham. Our capacity was limited and other restrictions were put in place to ensure everyone’s safety. But despite the different setup, people were thrilled to be out on the course, smiling, and enjoying themselves while running for a great cause. 

COVID-19 also had us switch to a virtual race. The virtual option gave locals a chance to run Florence Forth, that weren’t yet comfortable going to an in-person race. And it gave the whole AE community a chance to join, run and honor those affected by AE. We saw capes turn up in ND, GA, OH, and Canada to name a few. #CapeMomentsAE

Connection would be the best word to describe the Florence Forth weekend. We were all connected, honoring our heroes with our run, taking the time to think about how AE affects their lives, supporting them on their journey.

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Florence Forth run, and we can’t wait for you to join us in Durham or run with us virtually. 

Check your in-person 2021 race results here: 10K and 5K

About Florence Forth

Every year, AE Alliance organizes the Florence Forth run/walk. Florence Forth was started by Leslie and Will McDow who lost their daughter Florence on March 4th, 2012 after a long battle with autoimmune encephalitis.  Florence was a healthy, vibrant 2-year-old when the first symptoms of AE emerged. 

Over the next four years, the disease caused neurological complications and developmental delays, which ultimately led to her passing.  Along with Florence’s sister Laura, the McDow’s started the Florence Forth run/walk to commemorate the day that six-year-old Florence died – March Fourth.