Third annual UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s set for Jan. 25-26

On Jan. 25-26, the UNMC Ice Rink will host the third annual UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s.

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Skaters are set to circle the ice for 24 consecutive hours — 5 p.m. to 5 p.m. — to raise money for Parkinson’s research at UNMC.

The previous two skate-a-thons at UNMC netted more than $91,000 with $51,000 being raised in 2012 and $40,000 generated in 2011.

Fun with a cause

Proceeds go toward:

  • Clinical and basic science Parkinson’s research at UNMC; and
  • The PHD Program (Parkinson’s Health Development), a non-profit, local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s.

The public is invited to attend and participate. Cost is $10 for individuals or $40 for families. The registration fee includes skate rental and ice access. People can skate as long as they wish.

What’s in store

Highlights of the 2013 Skate-a-thon include:

  • Opening and closing ceremonies;
  • A “Pajama Skate,” and
  • A “Shiver Skate” in light clothing in the spirit of a polar plunge.

There also will be a variety of special skating performances, including several by the “Thriller Guys,” who will perform their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video at 9 p.m. and midnight on Friday, then do a “YMCA” and “Gangnam Style” performance at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

At noon on Saturday, tricycle races featuring prominent UNMC employees will help bolster fundraising efforts this year. Participants will seek pledges prior to the Skate-a-Thon.

Register online or at the event.