Calling all runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes!
Burke will hold its annual Heels & Wheels 5K Road Race & Walk on Sunday, May 7. This community event is open to walkers, runners, hand cyclists and racing wheelchair athletes. The event is unique in that it is one of the only events of its kind that allows participants of all ability levels to compete together in a supportive environment.
The event will begin and end on Burke’s campus at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.
“Heels & Wheels exemplifies Burke’s spirit of inclusion, offering participants of all abilities the opportunity to compete at their own pace while building endurance and self-confidence,” says Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D., senior administrator at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “It embodies Burke’s dedication to helping people reach their full potential for an active and healthy lifestyle through our rehabilitation programs and community events.”
The May 7 program features a 5K for adults and wheelchair athletes, followed by a Kids Fun Run for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. There will also be an activity table and face painting for kids to add to the festivities.
For the 5K, there will be 8 classes:
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Runner Male & Runner Female: 13-18, 19-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61+
- 1st, 2nd , 3rd Place Racing Chair Male & Racing Chair Female
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Hand Cycle Male & Hand Cycle Female
For the Kids Fun Run, there will be three separate races:
- Ages 4 to 5: 100-yard dash
- Ages 6 to 8: ¼-mile run
- Ages 9 to 12: ½-mile run
Registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event, with the 5K beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Kids Fun Run registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the race commences at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served at 11:00 a.m.
Early registration discounts are available: before May 1, fees are $25 for adults and $10 for kids (kids under 4 are free). After May 1, fees are $30 for adults and $15 for kids.
Not interested in taking part in the race? Volunteer instead!
Heels & Wheels is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes. Volunteers are also needed to help out in areas including: registration, bib/t-shirt handout, water station, traffic guide, after-race refreshments and more, with volunteers eligible to receive community service hours.
The event will also feature the second annual Jenny Lewis Catalanello Memorial Award. The award, named in honor of Jenny Lewis Catalanello, Burke’s former Chief Development Officer who passed away in 2015, will be bestowed upon a volunteer who best exemplifies Jenny’s generous and giving spirit.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.