Tom Dore Road Race


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This event is to benefit the ALS Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will be donated in the name of Tom Dore. The 5K and 1 Mile races will be held at Ellington Airport on 6/21/2019 at 6 PM. This unique venue was chosen by one of Tom Dore’s friends because it brings together the best of two worlds that they had in common; the love of running, and the love of skydiving. This event offers participants the opportunity to run at a unique location, and also experience the exhilaration of tandem jumping.   Please support this event with a donation to help reduce the gap between research and finding a cure for this degenerative disease, ALS.


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a motor neuron disease. Lou Gehrig brought worldwide attention to the disease in 1939, when he abruptly retired from baseball after his ALS diagnosis. While we’ve achieved a much greater understanding of the disease since then, the sad reality is that the cure still remains elusive. Every day and every research dollar raised brings us a step closer to finding a cure.

Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.  Approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year. It’s a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord.

As the disease progresses, it robs patients of the use of their hands, arms, legs, and their ability to speak, swallow, and ultimately breathe on their own.


Tom Dore, an avid runner, and skydiver was born in Litchfield, CT. He served two tours of duty as a Marine in Vietnam. When he returned home, he attended Colby College and earned his BA in Philosophy. He continued his education at the Graduate Institute where he earned his Master in Consciousness of Evolution.

He spent his career at Northwestern Connecticut College developing the state sign program and working as an American Sign Language interpreter. He was the man to call if you needed your computer fixed, a substitute math teacher or a partner for ping pong. He was always a student first, saying, “You cannot lead if you don’t learn to follow. You cannot teach if you don’t learn to listen.”

Tom was an accomplished skydiver and instructor at The Connecticut Parachutists Inc. Drop Zone, a place with a wide open sky to fly and a place to be free where the stakes are high and mindfulness is key.

Tom passed away April 7, 2017 from complications related to ALS.