Julie Flygare

"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb." -Greg Child

"Sounds possibly more painful than the Boston Marathon!" -Julie's Sleep Doctor

I’m running the steepest major road race in America, the Mt Washington Road Race on Father's Day, a 7.6 mile “Race to the Clouds,” climbing 4,723 feet upwards. That’s roughly equivalent to climbing the Empire State Building FOUR times over or the Washington Monument EIGHT times.

I’m running in honor of my father, Tom Flygare, who ran this race 40 years ago at age 28. I am age 28 now and I lost my father this January. I can’t imagine a better way to spend Father’s Day than to honor him and raise funds for a cause dear to both of our hearts.

The Mount Washington Road Race is a historic, highly respected challenge because of its incomparable, unrelenting steepness, and the unpredictable weather conditions. The temperature can drop 30 degrees from start to finish – with winter conditions at the summit in June.

In 1972, my father stood at the start-line of this race and struck up nervous conversation with a fellow runner, Byron. They ran the whole race together, finishing in 1 hour and 34 minutes and sparking a lifelong friendship between our families. Forty years later, I will stand at the start line with Byron’s daughter, Erin. We follow in FAST footsteps!

The intense training is not easy while living with narcolepsy and cataplexy. I’m often left nauseated and tearful. Yet I’m determined to try. My dad would be proud (and a little worried).

Please consider making a donation to Wake Up Narcolepsy in support of my quest. Funds will support narcolepsy awareness and research. Since attending Wake Up Narcolepsy’s first fundraiser in 2009, my dad wore his awareness wristband everyday for the rest of his life.

This Father’s Day, I will run for him and with him. Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to event sponsor, Northeast Delta Dental for generously providing my complimentary registration for the quest.

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