Walk/Run for Abilis is October 20


Abilis will host its 14th annual Walk/Run for Abilis on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point). This family-friendly event includes children’s activities, a 1-mile wheelchair and stroller accessible walk, and a 5K run. There is a $40 registration fee for the Run for adults and $20 for children ages 11-to-17; the Walk is free to participate, but a donation to Abilis is appreciated.

Register for both the Walk and the Run at abilis.us/walkrun. On-site registration is available on Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The run kicks off at 9 a.m. and the Walk at 11 a.m. Kids activities, food and fun are provided. Prizes will be awarded for the top three Run finishers for men and women. For children (under the age of 11, and ages 11-17) prizes will be awarded to top girl and boy in each age category. Team awards are also given to those with the most team members and those who raise the most. Creativity awards are always a crowd-pleaser with prizes given to the most unique Run and Walk outfits. Master of Ceremonies for the Walk for Abilis is Billy Blanks Jr., fitness celebrity, actor, singer, producer, director, creator and owner of Dance It Out® Fitness brand and the MoveTube Network as well as artistic director for the Wall Street Theater.

This year’s Walk/Run for Abilis Ambassador is Rebecca Yorkmark who will lead the Walk. Rebecca is 22 years old, and Abilis worked with Rebecca and her family to help transition her from a residential school where she was outplaced to living in a supported apartment with a housemate where she will continue to develop her independent living skills close to her family and friends. Rebecca currently attends Abilis’ young adult LEAP transition program in Greenwich, volunteers in the community and is working on developing skills which will lead to a competitive job.

The Walk/Run for Abilis offers fun for everyone around beautiful Tod’s Point. Face painting, crafts, carnival games, a bouncy house, a “bubble bus,” and other popular activities will be available for children. Music will inspire the group and free food and beverages will be available throughout the event.

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