First held in 2004, the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event – A Race to Cure ALS, honors Sharon Timlin, mother of retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin.  Sharon passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – Lou Gehrig’s Disease – in 2002.

That first Timlin Race raised $60,000; following 17 successive years, total funds raised have exceeded $2 million. Donations support the Angel Fund, which helps fund groundbreaking research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

ALS is a progressive and fatal illness with no known cure or effective treatment. It is particularly cruel because victims are aware of their fate as they gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate and, eventually, to breathe.

The Hopkinton, MA-based event, held in June each year, typically attracts more than 2,500 participants, and includes a competitive 5K road race, a kid’s fun color run, a family fun day and a raffle/silent auction. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event had to be held virtually.  Regardless, it attracted nearly 900 participants from 19 states and Canada for the 5K run, was supported by 14 corporate sponsors, and raised $115,000. Find out more at

The 26.2 Foundation has been a proud sponsor of the event every year since its inception.