On Saturday, October 1, youth of all abilities – some using adaptive equipment, some taking part independently, some supported by peers and family members– will race in and around Hunter Park in Ashland. Athletes will bike/wheel 1-mile and run/walk/stroll a 1/2-mile on a course designed to be as accessible as possible. Athletes will be cheered from start to finish by volunteers and cross a finish line decked in balloons. Athletes will receive a race t-shirt, medal
and swag bag to acknowledge their effort and help build a practice of healthy activity in their daily lives. Families will connect with local organizations, play, enjoy light refreshments, and come together as part of a disability-inclusive community.
“Sport and recreation play an important role in my son’s development, in building his sense of self, his pride in accomplishment and feeling of being part of something larger,” says Christy Reese, Executive Director of FACT Oregon. “That is an experience every child experiencing disability should get to have.”
“As parents of a child experiencing disability, we often overlook our kid's sports, athletics and leisure time,” says Stacy Fields of Bridging Communities. “But the rewards of athletics are true for all children, including those with disabilities. They should participate in sports and activities they enjoy, just like their typically developing peers.”
Date and Time: October 1, 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Check-in is 8:30-9 a.m. Location: Hunter Park, 1699 Homes Ave, Ashland Cost: This event is FREE!
Register: Please register every athlete (youth or adult) who will be on the course, regardless of disability or age. Everyone on the course MUST register and sign the liability waiver. Volunteer: Volunteer for the event through APRC by completing the online application and signing a liability waiver. Be sure to select, "Tri4Youth Bike/Run" in the list of special events on the volunteer applications.