Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast 5k & 1 mile fun run/walk

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Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast 5k & 1 mile fun run/walk

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018,

5k starts 9:00 am, 1 mile starts at 9:05 am

Where: Cooper River Park, Stadium Track, 7050 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109


Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established to promote a better quality of life for people with physical disabilities, especially for veterans and first responders by mentoring and creating awareness and offering opportunities for local athletic, recreational and educational activities.  Their programs benefit all disabled community members that may have physical or cognitive challenges

Costs; 5k – $30 until 12/6, $35 12/7 – 5/8, $40 race day: 1 mile – adults $20 until 5/7, $25 Race day; kids 12 and under $15 until 12/7, $20 race day. Para-athletes – $24 until 12/6, $28 12/7 – 12/8, $32 race day.

If you would like financial assistance for the online fee registration  Please contact Brandon Holiday  All requests will be kept confidential.

Financial cost should never be a barrier to ADN Para-Athletes and caregivers.  (Their adaptive clinics are free to all participants. )





Dick Traum – Achilles International Founder and Inspiration

In 1965, Dick Traum, 24, was filling his gas tank at a gas station when the car behind him jumped forward and crushed him between the 2 cars.  As a result of his injuries, his right leg had to be amputated.  In 1976,  Dick found himself out of shape and approaching middle age.  He decided to do something about it – he joined a YMCA and began running, small distances at first and building up to miles.  By the end of the year, he became the first amputee to successfully complete the New York City Marathon.

The experience brought a strong sense of achievement and self-esteem. In 1983,  Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International, to give that same life-changing experience to others with disabilities.

“Somehow, I wasn’t upset. When you lose a leg, there’s no ambiguity. You get an artificial leg and keep going.” (IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders)

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Athletes with Disabilities Network – an inspiring organization

ADN logoEstablished in 2009, Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN) was formed by combining Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame (est 1999) and Extremity Events Network (est 2007). ADN’s mission is to promote a better quality of life by creating opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

“There’s No Replacement for the Competitive Spirit”

The Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame has recognized nearly 100 individuals who share a passion for life and a dedication to inspire others through their words, actions and giving back to the community. The Hall of Fame represents a unique opportunity for athletes with disabilities to be enshrined for their athletic accomplishments, as well as community leaders for their work with persons with disabilities. Honorees are not only a “Who’s Who” in their sports, but are role models for the next generation of young people with disabilities, and their awe-inspiring stories bring much-needed awareness to the general public. In 2014, the top male and female Athlete of the Year awards went to:
Lex Gillette, the current world record holder in the long jump, a three-time Paralympic medalist, the reigning world champion in the long jump, a 15-time national champion and the only totally blind athlete in the world to eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump.

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