The athletes who took part in Burke’s annual Heels & Wheels 5K this past Sunday weren’t about to let a little rain slow them down. In fact, this year’s group was our biggest to date, with over 120 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes coming out for the race.
A little background: The Heels & Wheels 5K brings together athletes of all abilities to take part in a fun race that starts and begins at Burke’s White Plains campus. There is also a Kids Fun Run following the race, making it a true family event.
Along with awards in various age groups, this year marked the first annual Jenny Lewis Catalanello Volunteer Award. The award is given in honor of Jenny Lewis Catalanello, Burke's Chief Development Officer, who passed away last year, and is given to someone who exemplifies Jenny’s generous and giving spirit. This year, Alexandra Oudheusden, Burke's director of therapeutic recreation, who has been instrumental in the growth of Burke’s adaptive sports program, received the honor.
Despite the rainy weather, there was a DJ, face painting for the kids and a raffle with lots of great prizes. Members of Burke’s stroke team were also on hand to offer free blood pressure screenings in honor of Stroke Awareness Month in May.
A special thanks to our sponsors (you can see the full list here) and to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make the event possible.
Check out some photos from the event below. You can see more here and you can find out more about next year’s race—and lots of other events happening at Burke—by signing up for our monthly newsletter.
The Brainiacs team, many of whom have an affiliation with Burke's outpatient neuropsychology director Dr. Heidi Spitz's therapy groups, came together to bring about awareness of traumatic brain injury.
Lots of kids took part in the 5K. Here they are, at the starting line.
Friends came together to run the race. Funds raised at the race go to benefit the work Burke does in helping patients recover from a life-changing illness or injury.
Burke's Alexandra Oudheusden was awarded the first Jenny Lewis Catalanello Volunteer Award. She's pictured here, along with Jenny's husband Doug and children Andrew and Lexi.
This father and son duo, from the German International School in White Plains, were both awarded race medals.
Duncan MacArthur, from West Harrison, has run every Heels & Wheels 5K (except the first) since its inception. (If you look closely, his shirt is from the 1984 race!)
It might have been rainy, but the kids gave it all their all in the Kids Fun Run
Many of the members of Burke's hand cycle team, pictured here with the program's volunteers, took part in the race.
For lots more photos, click here.