Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life of those who suffer with headache and migraine disorders through fundraising for quality research and the promotion of patient empowerment, community awareness, and local and national advocacy.


Runnin' for Research, Inc. (R4R), was founded in 2015 as a charitable organization dedicated to research, awareness, empowerment, and advocacy in all areas of headache and migraine disorders. The primary mechanism to accomplish the missions is the organization and implementation of 5K runs and walks throughout the United States.

All expenses of R4R are covered by our corporate sponsors. Therefore, all contributions to R4R and all event proceeds are used to support the missions of the organization. In past years, R4R completed run/walk events in Morgantown, West Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Denver, Colorado. In 201 donations totaling $102,000 were given to various organizations, including the American Migraine Foundation, Migraine Research Foundation, American Brain Foundation, as well as others. Since its inception, R4R has donated over $250,000. Other entities may be supported upon request if they align with the mission of R4R.

The long term goal is that R4R will have a network of nationwide events, locally organized and run by committed volunteers. The primary focus of R4R is to promote the creation of run/walk events in communities throughout the country and empower local volunteers (physicians, nurses, migraine sufferers and care-givers) to plan, organize, and execute these events.

Board of Directors

As a leadership group, we strive to make each race a fun event and a successful fund raiser. We are committed to Headache & Migraine research, awareness, & advocacy.

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    Dr. David B. Watson

    Morgantown, West Virginia

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    Dr. Brian Plato

    Louisville, Kentucky

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    Dr. Jennifer Bickel

    Kansas City, Missouri

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    Teri Robert

    Washington, West Virginia

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    Dr. Lauren Strauss

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina