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Trails for Dale

2017 The Longest Day

Trails for Dale

Trails for Dale was formed to celebrate and honor our dad, Dale Putnam, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at age 57. There is no cure for him, or anyone fighting Alzheimer's today.

Dale is an active participant in Alzheimer's research, in hopes that one day there will be a cure for someone else. We love him very much and are so proud. 

While we won't see a cure in his lifetime, we're going to make damn sure we see one in ours. 

The Putnam Sisters

We need YOU to join us at Trails for Dale on June 24 for our 24 hour biking event to raise funds for research to take down Alzheimer's. Bikers in Decorah should sign up for one hour shifts starting at 12:00 AM - our goal is to have at least one person riding all day.  At the end the day, all adult participants are invited to join for a group lap and after party.  

Groups are encouraged - sign your family, team, or club up for an hour, or contact us about a corporate hour!  We encourage adults to raise at least $100 or couples to raise $75 per person, and kids to raise at least $10. There will be a dedicated kids' hour during the day, as well as food and fun at event headquarters (more information to follow). 

Once you register, contact us at so we can sign you up for a time slot - not all available slots are listed online.  

Do you wish to celebrate or remember another person in your life who has been touched by Alzheimer's or another form of dementia on The Longest Day? We would love for you to join us to celebrate or remember, and to bring down Alzheimer's. Please send us an email so we know about your special person. 

Can't make it to Decorah? Register and tell us where you are and when you'll ride, then hop on a trail near you.  We'll give you a shout out from event headquarters on the big day! 

Not an outdoor biker? You're welcome to walk or run during your hour if that is preferred, or let us know if you'd rather hop on a spin bike, treadmill, or other fitness machine.

Want to help plan, volunteer during the event, or make/donate refreshments? Send us an email at  We need your help!   

Does your business want to help by donating funds, signing up for a corporate hour, providing refreshments or swag, or posting a donation jar or promotional poster at your store? Please let us know that you want to help, and we'll find a way that works for you. 

Follow us on Facebook @TrailsforDale for event updates, videos, more information about Alzheimer's and research, etc.  

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