There is more then one reason why I'm started power walking and running lately.
Sure, loosing weight have a LOT to do with it, but also this cause is near and dear to me: The One Race
This race it's the first event of "The One Campaign", a series of events that will help the Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) to raise money for scholarships and equipment they need to keep the school going.
The Emerald Coast Autism Center is a no-profit school and most of my readers know that my son was enrolled in it and was able to graduate from it in a little less that 1 year. The staff is amazing, they allowed my son to recover from Autism and be able to go to school with typical peers. But they did much more that JUST that: they welcomed us (and still do) like family, supporting in every battle with the public school district and even allow me and hubby to go on dates.
The concept of The One Campaign stems from the new CDC autism prevalence rate of 1 in 88. With the dramatic increase in the number of people with autism, it is our goal to raise funds and awareness by showing just how many of us know that ONE individual with autism. Perhaps your son, daughter or grandchild is the ONE.
The point is, with such a high incidence rate, more and more of us are connected to someone whose life is affected by autism. All funds raised by The One Campaign will support the ECAC Scholarship Fund - a Fund established to assist families of children with autism who otherwise could not afford the services their children so desperately need.
This is a local 5K race and I'd like to invite everyone of my friends to it. It's walking friendly (not everybody is able to run it, me included!) and by registering you will get a personalized T-shirt that will qualify the way you are affected by autism (available if you register before September 15th).
Me and hubby's T shirt, for example, will say "My Child is the ONE".
As I was saying, the race is walking friendly. I was able to save up and buy some comfy running shoes, but unfortunately my leg still hurts: I think it's an issue that I will have to address medically eventually. For now, I will still look cool in these!
Are you drooling yet??
It is a sunset run, starting at 4:30 P.M on September 29th (Saturday evening).
After the run, there will be live music, drinks and amazing food from Tucker Duke's Lunchbox and prizes will be awarded for top 3 in 10 age groups Male and Female.
There will also be a special prize to the 88th runner overall! In addition, we will be giving away raffle prizes and free food for all runners.
Did I convince you yet to sign up??
Registration Closing Date Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST
I hope to see you there!!