Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome 2023 (and Color Run)

Events Details

Saturday, March 25, 2023

10:00 AM - Cairn University

Raising Awareness & Support for Down Syndrome

New in 2023 - Color Run

Cairn University Athletics and RUN 12:1 Running Club are excited to host the Rock Your Socks 3.21 mile run/walk for Down Syndrome. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated every year on March 21st (3/21) because people with down syndrome are born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Because crazy socks are a symbol of WDSD we ask everyone to wear the craziest pair (or miss-matched pair) of socks they can during the race (and all day/weekend long) to help raise awareness of down syndrome.

New in 2023 we are not only wearing crazy socks, we are adding a color run where participants will run through the color zone multiple times during the race and get showered with crazy colors. Crazy socks and crazy colors all for down syndrome awareness and support! Definitely an event you will not want to miss!!!!

Rock Your Socks (and color run) will be held on Saturday, March 25th (the Saturday following WDSD). The format is a road course being held at Cairn University, Langhorne, PA. In honor of WDSD, the mileage will be a little longer than your typical 5K (3.1 miles), this race will be 3.21 miles- so you are practically guaranteed a personal best for that distance. There will also be a shorter (and easier) 1 mile fun run/walk course for those who prefer. Both options are family friendly and stroller friendly. There is also a virtual option for those who prefer or are unable to join us in person on March 25th.

In addition to our typical race awards, there will also be some special prizes for those with the craziest socks at the live event (as selected by our judges). So get your family, friends and relatives together, and the craziest socks you can find, and join us for Rock Your Socks 2022 supporting a great cause. Note: The funds raised will go toward a student scholarship for a student planning to work with down syndrome individuals and towards Cairn Athletics.

Race Details

Rock Your Socks raises money for a educational scholarship for a student interested in working with down syndrome individuals and the Cairn University Cross Country Team. Following is information about Rock Your Socks:

Race Information - Saturday, March 25, 2023

  • Course: Road race format laid out on a rolling terrain course contained within the Cairn University campus and nearby neighborhood streets
  • Distance: 3.21 miles or 1 mile fun run/walk
  • Location: Cairn University, Langhorne, PA
  • Parking: Follow signs on campus for parking and registration
  • Registration: Please complete on-line by Friday, March 25th. Limited on-site registration will be available as space permits
  • Check-in: 9:00am - 9:55am
  • Start Time: The race will start at 10:00am – Rain or shine
  • Fee: $35; alumni, faculty & staff $30; students $15; special team pricing available
  • Race Shirts: All participants will receive the custom designed, Rock Your Socks race-shirt
  • Crazy Socks: Don't forget to wear the craziest pair of socks you own in support of World Down Syndrome Day
  • Color Run: Run through the color zone and get showered with bright, crazy colors

  • Top 3 Male / Female Overall Winners, Age Group Awards
  • Prizes will be awarded to participants wearing the craziest socks as selected by our judges


Virtual Challenge Details

What is a "virtual challenge", how does it work, and why should I do it?

From Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2023, take up the challenge and run or walk 1 mile, 5K, 5 miles, or as many miles as you can. This is something that can be done by anyone, anywhere (no matter where in the world you live or are traveling to), any time night or day, any distance, at any pace, during any # of days. You can walk or run any combination of days and distances that works best for you. You can even do it indoors on a treadmill - so just about anyone can do it!

Virtual Challenge

When: Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26, 2023
Where: Anywhere in the world
Time: Any time that fits your schedule
Who: Open to all
Cost: $35 per participant; alumni, faculty & staff $30; students $15
Shirt: All participants receive the custom designed Rock Your Socks race shirt. Shirts will be mailed to all participants in the Virtual Challenge
Crazy Socks: Be sure to wear your craziest socks during your run/walk and share them with us for a chance to win some prizes
Prizes: All participants are eligible for prizes selected by random drawing during the virtual challenge