“WHY” RODS Racing

Currently there are hundreds of children with Down syndrome throughout the world that have been abandoned by their birth families because of their perceived disability.  It is common practice in many cultures that upon finding out that a newborn child has Down syndrome, that child is immediately placed in an orphanage.  This is where the child will stay for their first 5-6 years of life at which time they will be transferred to an adult mental institution.  It is not uncommon for many of these children to pass away after being transferred to an institution because of the extremely difficult circumstances found there.

We race for one child at a time to raise awareness and funds to bless a loving family

The athletes of RODS Racing consists of over 100 dedicated members from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Whether it’s a 5k, Marathon, Sprint Triathlon or full Ironman distance, we race for the cause of helping these children find a home.

We have learned from experience that the only thing standing in the way of these children being adopted is the financial burden that must be overcome for a family to adopt internationally.  There are many families ready and willing to adopt a child who has Down syndrome but the financial burden is just too great.  On average, an international adoption costs between $30,000 – $40,000.  If at least some of this burden is taken away, children will be united with families.

RESULTS - In two years we have raised over $250,000 and 11 kids adopted.


Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization.  All donations are tax deductible and will go towards furthering the cause of uniting children with their forever families.

Famous Idaho Potatoes is RODS Title Sponsor $50,000 “Fueled by Idaho Potatoes”

Potatoes are a great fuel for racing.  Pre, during and post.  They provide the simple carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed....also a “Natural” choice that is pennies a serving.  Bake, salt, wrap up and go!



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