WHITE PLAINS, NY – August 22, 2012 – In conjunction with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's 33rd annual Wheelchair Games on Saturday, Sept. 22, Burke has reinstated the early morning 5-kilometer race that was part of the Wheelchair Games for many years. Having been dormant for the past seven years, organizers decided to reintroduce the Heels & Wheels event to allow both wheelchair- and non-wheelchair-using athletes to compete together. The other events being held later in the day are exclusively for wheelchair-using athletes.
"We are extremely happy to reinstate the Heels & Wheels portion of the Wheelchair Games as it was an integral part of the event for many years," said Heather Massimo, director of Burke's Community Wellness program. "It will also be the only 5K race in White Plains this year so we encourage community members to participate."
The race is open to all runners and will commence at 8:30 a.m. at the hospital entrance on the corner of Mamaroneck Avenue and Heatherbloom Road in White Plains. Racers will follow a route down Mamaroneck Avenue to Bryant Avenue and through the Gedney Farms area that surrounds the perimeter of the hospital. Athletes for Heels & Wheels will be grouped into classes according to ability and age.
There is a $25 registration fee for athletes and financial assistance may be available for those who cannot afford the fee. Admission is free for spectators. Registration for the 5K begins at 7 a.m. and an awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the race around 9:30 a.m.
After the race, participants and spectators are invited to attend the Wheelchair Games on the Burke campus—free of charge. In addition to track, field and table tennis events, the day will feature games, face painting, raffles and live entertainment from radio stations WFAS and WHUD. The stations will be broadcasting live from the Burke campus.
For additional information and to register for the Heels & Wheels 5K please call (914) 597-2578. People may also register online at NYCRUNS.com. For more information about the Wheelchair Games, call the 2012 Burke Wheelchair Games hotline at (914) 597-2850 or visit www.burke.org. For those who would like to sponsor an athlete or donate to the games, please call Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849. If you would like to volunteer your time and assist the day of the games, please contact Sandra Alexandrou at (914) 597-2581.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke's world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.