More than 500 runners will take to the streets of Clayton on Sunday. March 25th to raise awareness and funds for the Down syndrome community. The Relay and Run for 21, held each year near World Down Syndrome Day, helps to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL) and Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS) Community Outreach Fund.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to tackle 21 Kilometers (13.1 miles) on their own or as part of a 3-person relay in honor of the third copy of the 21st chromosome, the defining characteristic of Down syndrome. The event also offers a 7K, 2.1K fun run/walk, and family festival inside Clayton High School.

The half marathon course will feature three loops through the streets of Clayton and U-City, with the start, finish, and relay exchanges taking place at Clayton High School. ​Race amenities include a Long sleeve cotton tee and medals for all participants, award ceremony and plaques for winners and top placers in each age category, vendors from a variety of health and wellness , a special grand prize for male and female winner of the half marathon, and music from the DSAGSL Rocks live bands – which are bands made up of teens and adults with Down syndrome!

Relay and Run for 21 welcomes community partners and sponsors from across the region. Past sponsors and partners include Final Clean, LLC , Rainbow Painting Company, Painting Solutions, Allen Roofing and Siding,  Hallmark Stone, Scott-Lee Heating Co, Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa, Great Central Lumber and Millwork Company, and more. All proceeds go to serving the nearly 1800 individuals with Down syndrome in the greater St. Louis area. M

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