Connecticut is loaded with great health and fitness events. It’s not uncommon to have 10 different 5K events in one weekend. Most events have a great cause and all have inspirational stories within.
Achilles International CT Chapter had their second annual 5K/10K this weekend and had both a great cause behind it and the inspirational stories were overflowing.
Achilles International is an organization whose mission is “To enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.” Achilles pairs together athletes with a volunteer or volunteers to help them train, become familiar and proficient with special equipment if needed, provide guidance and running advice during races and help with race day logistics.
This was Achilles CT Hope & Possibility Run’s second year and they had 500 registered runners come out to support a great cause. Some of the participants included visually impaired, hand cycles and push rim athletes. There were athletes from CT, New York, and Boston. One visually impaired athlete rode a bus all the way from Rhode Island!
I had a chance to meet with Erin Spaulding President of the CT chapter at the Gaylord Gauntlet Mud Run back in June this year. She was with her team of volunteers and adaptive athletes navigating the obstacle course. I got a sense of her passion for the mission. So I had to see their event for myself.
Everyone was a winner for participating in such a worthwhile event and a big congrats to all the top finishers:
Male 10K: Female 10K:
1. Marc Fucarile 1. Ashley Marino
2. Jordan Zinn 2. Olivia Rustic
3. Kris Thomsen 3. Jillian Harpin
Male 5K: Female 5K:
1. Darrin Reed 1. Betsy Overstrum
2. Mic Nugs Medeska 2. Katie Smith
3. Henry Clayborne Jackson 3. Brielle Curtis
The run was put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and they always do a first rate job. Keep a look out for this next year.
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