Race preview: 2014 It’s My Ability 5k


It’s My Ability 5k for Autism

The second annual It’s My Ability 5k for Autism,  will again raise funds to send kids with autism to Camp Odakoda! The race, held at Boring Station Trailhead Park, raised over $10,000. The race was founded by Dr. Tod Hardin, who was inspired by his son Daniel, who is diagnosed with autism. During a conversation between Dr. Hardin and Daniel about his strengths in certain areas, and difficulties in others, Daniel told his dad, “Dad, autism is not my disability, it’s my ability.” That statement started the It’s My Ability 5k for Autism.

Dr. Hardin says, “We each have a choice in which we can hide and fight our most unique qualities and characteristics, or we can embrace them and allow ourselves to be the individuals we were meant to be. Although this race is specifically about raising money for autism, the message it carries is much bigger—embrace your abilities.” As a person who has family members with autism, as a person who used to work with middle schoolers with autism and other disabilities, and as a runner, I definitely agree with Dr. Hardin’s statement regarding abilities!

This event looks REALLY fun–although I haven’t run it, the video and website make it seem like this event is well organized, on a nice course, and has a great small-event feel to it. Participants will receive a shirt, goody bag and finisher’s medal, and will be eligible for post-race raffle prizes. I loved this race recap video and feel that it does an amazing job capturing the feel of this charitable race.

It’s My Ability 5k for Autism :: 2013 from Hardin Orthodontics on Vimeo.

It’s My Ability 5K
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Boring Station Trailhead Park; Boring, OR

» $35.00 registration (includes shirt) (through 9/3 at 11:59 PM)
» $40.00 registration (includes shirt) (9/3 at 11:59 PM through 9/5 at 11:59 PM)
» $15.00 ages 6-13 (includes hat – no shirt) (through 9/5 at 11:59 PM)
» FREE ages 5 and under (no hat – no shirt) (through 9/5 at 11:59 PM)

Register online here. This event is capped at 400 people, and t-shirts will not be guaranteed after 8/31, so be sure to register soon!

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