The We Can Run, Walk & Roll event aims to eliminate barriers of physical disabilities and allow competitors of all levels and abilities to race together. The goal of the event is to promote community wellness while providing a race that is for everyone – from beginners to competitive runners, joggers and walkers. Individuals using wheelchairs also have the opportunity to compete in the event individually or with the assistance of a team of up to three pushers.
Participants can choose to compete in a 5K (3.1 miles) or 1-mile race held in our community’s beautiful Pawnee Park. Both races conclude in Pawnee Park’s Memorial Stadium, where awards are given to the top finishers in several categories.
Proceeds from the event go toward purchasing AmTrykes for individuals and families in our community. AmTrykes are adaptive tricycles that allow differently-abled individuals to participate more fully in health and wellness activities. Since our first event in 2011, We Can Run, Walk & Roll events have funded the purchase of more than 45 AmTrykes which have been given to individuals and families in our community. Proceeds from the event have also helped support a fundraising effort for a barrier-free playground in our community.
The We Can Run, Walk & Roll 5K & 1 Mile event planning committee includes Doug Janssen, PT, DPT and Jill Zaruba, OTR/L and several CCH staff volunteers.
The 2018 We Can Run, Walk & Roll was presented by:
We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support, without them, this event would not have been possible:
Orthomedics - Ryan Brenden, CP
Silver Level Sponsor:
Columbus Family Practice Associates
Bronze Level Sponsors:
Columbus Children’s Healthcare, Columbus Urgent Care, Hy-Vee, NuMotion, The Broken Mug, Union Bank and Trust, Vrbka Ag Solutions
Alpha Media, Columbus Family YMCA, Designs by Gina, Hy-Vee, McDonald’s, Midwest Medical Transport Company
Amigos, Applebee’s, Arby’s, Bistro on the Loup - Ramada, Casey’s, Dairy Queen, Doozy's, El Mezcal, Godfather's, Granite City, Jimmy John’s, KFC, Nebraska Sports, Noble Nails, Off Campus, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, Runza, Sapp Brothers, Scheel’s, See The Trainer, Special T, Subway, Super Saver, Sweet Harvest Popcorn, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, Tooley’s, Valencia Spa, Valentino’s, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s
Timing Services were provided by Red Dirt Race Management. Wheelchairs were provided by Total Respiratory & Rehab – Now NuMotion. Sound and entertainment was provided by Finch on the Run Entertainment – Brian Finch.
We would also like to all CCH staff and volunteers, the CCH Foundation and the following for their support of this worthwhile event: Riley Scott, Columbus Chamber of Commerce; City of Columbus Parks Department; Columbus News Team; The Columbus Telegram; Columbus Screen Printing; Dennis Behlen; FLEXcon and the Scotus Shamrock Club.
Thank you to Tom Goc for capturing pics of nearly every moment!