Burke’s Heels & Wheels 5K is THIS Sunday, Rain or Shine

Published May 5, 2017

Attention runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes: Join us THIS Sunday, May 7, at Burke for the annual Heels & Wheels 5K and Kids Fun Run!

This community event, which is held rain or shine, happens right here on Burke’s campus and includes a 5K, a Kids Fun Run and great activities for the whole family.

Open to walkers, runners, hand cyclists and racing wheelchair athletes, the 5K 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.

 “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 on 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.

Fees are $30 for adults and $15 for kids.

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. 

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