The 4th annual It’s My Ability 5K for Autism takes place on Sat. September 3, on the paved Springwater Trail in Boring, Oregon. You won’t want to miss this unique event which was inspired by Dr. Hardin’s son Daniel who is quite an inspiration. At the end of a conversation Dr. Hardin had with Daniel about personal strengths and limits, Daniel stated,
Dad, autism is not my disability, it’s my ability.
This changed Dr. Hardin’s perspective forever as it can apply to us all, explaining that we can choose to hide and fight against our unique abilities and characteristics or we can embrace them and be the individuals we are meant to be. Although this race is raising money for a very special cause, it’s also helping to spread the message: Embrace your abilities. 100% of the race proceeds will be given to Camp Odakoda, a youth camp for these special kids.
Now that you know a little bit of the background on this important race, let’s talk about some of the cool features!
First off, register by Wed. Aug 17th to be guaranteed a shirt size.
Awards will be given in the categories of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female overall and first place (only) for age groups.
Race medals are hand-made medallions from damaged and burnt Juniper that Daniel helped harvest from National Forest Service land.
Th race boast that they offer the best swag around. Who am I to argue? Prizes include a chance to win comprehensive orthodontic treatment (valued at over $6000 just for registering. Must be present to win.)
When: Sat. Sept. 3rd
Race begins at 9am
Where: Boring Station Trail head (27801 SE Dee Street; Boring, OR 97009)
Registration: 5K for ages 6-17 yrs old is $20 and 18 yrs and up is $35