This guest post was submitted by Nicole Silverman from Fact Oregon!
Your heart beating so loudly you can feel it through your whole body… welcomed sweat dripping down your face as testimony to another foot in front of the other… the different smells and sights you see as you push your body to move forward. Running… it’s for everyone… isn’t it? What if you have disability?
Nike’s mission: If you have a body, you are an athlete. And I completely agree. Every living soul on this earth deserves the opportunity to feel what it’s like to get out and run. It may look different for each person, but I dare say our bodies were made to experience it. My son has participated in FACT Oregon’s All Ability Tri4Youth that past two years and we’re gearing up to participate again this year on August 10th at Tualatin Hills Park and Rec in Beaverton. This is one of his favorite events. He is 10 years old and has significant cerebral palsy and autism. In fact, he just started walking independently by himself this last Christmas. So he’s not running… yet. But that doesn’t stop him one bit. His two team mates also close to his age push him in his large stroller through the entire half mile. And believe me, this is no pity party tri. They are in it to win it! Running faster and harder than the year before! One of these years, I just know he’s going to run part of it without his stroller! And we will celebrate just as much then as we do now!
So yes… running’s for everyone! You might need to have people or an assistive device helping you move your body… and that’s ok! Get out there and try it! We are all athletes!
Whether you’re running around the block, or racing in marathons, maybe you spend hours a week training or you decide to just get out there… the result is the same. The adrenaline rush of your blood pumping and your heart beating as your see your final stopping point. The feeling of pushing yourself a little more than you did last time… you just can’t beat it!
FACT Oregon is looking for 250 volunteers to help monitor their race course on race day. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, or help support runners on the run course, please contact us!