2nd Annual Fit To Be Tied 5K Race/3K Walk in Memory of Bob Palmer

Come out and run or walk in memory of Bob Palmer and in support of Amyloidosis research and awareness on May 21st, 2017 in Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY (start at Willow Bay). The run will benefit The Amyloidosis Center at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.

Register Now

Sign up now to walk or run in Fit to be Tied, the Memorial Race for Bob Palmer, on May 21, 2017 at the Onondaga Lake Park in support of raising Amyloidosis awareness and funding for research!


Fighting Amyloidosis

Light Chain Amyloidosis (AL) is a rare disease involving the deposition of abnormal proteins into organ tissues, with only approximately 4,500 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year.


What About Bob?

Bob Palmer was a beloved member of the Syracuse area community for over three decades including being active with daily running and cycling at his favorite park - Onondaga Lake Park!


Want to donate directly the Boston University Amyloidosis Center and Research Fund?

If you are having any issues registering or donating, please contact megluton@aol.com or fpalme24@gmail.com

Where and When is the Race?

  • May 21, 2017
  • 5K run, starting at 9 AM
  • 3K walk, starting at 9:15 AM
  • Location: Willow Bay area of Onondaga Lake Park, Sawmill Pavillion
  • Packet pickup is from 7:30am-8:45am at the Sawmill Pavilion in Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park
  • Race and Walk limited to 300 total participants

More About the Race

Bob running

  • $25 basic registration fee
  • Additional donations gratefully accepted
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male and female overall
  • T-Shirt and raffle ticket for all participants
  • Amyloidosis Awareness bracelet for all finishers
  • Raffle for local merchant gift certificates following the race (Additional raffle tickets can be purchased)
  • Start the registration process using the registration form below

Make a Donation

You can make a donation without entering the walk or race. Your donation will be acknowledged with a letter from Boston Medical Center and you can use that for tax purposes.  Use the following link:  www.bu.edu/amyloid/donate Choose either donate online or Print A Donation Card. If someone wants to print a donor card and make a donation by check, the check should be made out to “BUMC Amyloid Research Fund” and write “Fit to be Tied” in the memo line.

Registration and Donations

Please fill out the information below to start the registration process. Once you submit this information, you will be redirected to a donation page on the Boston University Amyloidosis Center website to complete your registration and pay the $25 race fee. If you would like to donate without registering for the race, you can go directly to the donation page hereWe appreciate your registration and/or donation, but please note that we cannot guarantee you a t-shirt after May 12th.

In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I agree below, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and waive and release all rights and claims for damages I may have against the organizers of “Fit to be Tied” Race and walk, Onondaga Lake Park, Amyloidosis Center, Boston Medical Center, County of Onondaga, and its race sponsors, successors or representatives for any and all injuries suffered by me whether to person or property at said event or while traveling to or returning from. I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the completion of this event and my physical condition has been recently verified by a licensed medical doctor. Further I grant full permission to use photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, and records of me, or any other record of this event, for any legitimate purposes. This entry is invalid unless agreed to by entrant. If entrant is under 18 years of age, parent or guardian must agree for entry. The race committee reserves the right to reject any entry.

After you click the "Proceed to Donation Page" button below please follow these steps:

  1. Fill in donation information and indicate $25 (the race fee) + additional donation if you wish.  Any donation above $25 will be considered a donation for tax purposes and you will receive a thank-you letter from the Boston University Medical Center. 
  2. Click on the red box-Choose a fund, and choose Amyloidosis Research Fund.
  3. Fill in your information, including email.
  4. Click on In Memory of Bob Palmer (the Amyloidosis Center will notify us of your donation so you don’t need to fill in a person’s name to notify)


  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female runners
  • Awards for best crazy tie (1st 2nd and 3rd place) + group award for ties
  • All participants in the race and walk will receive Amyloidosis Awareness bracelets at the finish line
  • All participants will receive a T-shirt and a raffle ticket to be used for local merchant’s gift certificates and merchandise.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased on the day of the race.

Craziest Tie Contest

Because Bob Palmer loved wearing crazy ties to school to make the kids laugh, we want to invite you to come run wearing a tie… the more outlandish or creative, the better. We will judge the ties at 8:45 and give an award for the best tie following the race. 

What is Amyloidosis?

Amyloidosis is a rare blood disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid, an abnormal protein, builds up in the organs of the body (heart, kidneys, nervous system, liver, spleen, and digestive tract). Severe Amyloidosis can lead to life-threatening organ failure.  There are different kinds of Amyloidosis, and the most common form, AL or Amyloid Light Chain Amyloidosis can be fatal within 12 months of diagnosis. Today many individuals are living with Amyloidosis due to aggressive, successful  treatments which sometimes successfully extend a patient’s lifespan by many years. There are so many avenues of research to explore (Cause, best treatments, cure and prevention), and we hope to raise funds for one of the major Amyloidosis Research Centers in the country. 

Who was Bob? 

Bob and grandson at playground

Bob Palmer was only 65 when he passed away from Amyloidosis on October 30, 2015. He fought this rare blood disease, but the disease was just too aggressive. He had wonderful treatment at Boston University Medical Center’s Amyloidosis Center. Because there is so much active research going on at Boston Medical Center (Boston University), we are honoring Bob’s memory with this race to raise funds for Amyloidosis research. 

Bob was a psychologist for over 30 years, wearing crazy ties to work every day. So we thought it was only fitting to call his race: Fit To Be Tied”. 

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Bob's ties

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