Race Without Limits – Wheelchair Approved

Start at Railroad Park and wind through the City

This is a race venue that makes so much sense: A walk/run benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham that has been especially approved for wheelchairs so that people of all ages and abilities can participate.

The Civettes Club is coordinating this Race Without Limits on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011.  This is an 8K that will begin at Railroad Park (gorgeous) and wind through downtown Birmingham. A one mile Fun Run sponsored by Inverness Dermatology will begin at 9:15, and there will be a kids’ pavillion.

With a route cleared for wheelchairs, you know you can bring out that jogging stroller. The kids will get to see the city whizzing by them as you get to enjoy your own pedestrian-level view. For those of you entertaining a 10k, here is an in-between opportunity to test your mettle.

Cost for the 8K is $30 through March 30th and $35 on the day of the race. Sign up at www.RaceWithoutLimits.com.

Personal note: My husband’s aunt, Mary, has CP and has been wheelchair bound for practically her entire life. She’s now in her 60′s and for all these years the family has doted on her but she has had to patiently wait for someone else to push her wherever she needs to go. Therapists never approved her for an automated wheelchair, saying she did not have the coordination to operate one.

Months ago a friend of hers passed away and left her his automated wheelchair (Mary lives in a facility but trust me, her social calendar is full and the people there are wonderful). The therapists there agreed to at least give the chair a try. Everyone has been amazed to discover that she indeed can operate this wheelchair, at least enough to get herself down the halls and to the places she likes to go.

On one hand, we’re angry to think she was denied this freedom for so much of her life. On the other, we’re overjoyed that she has it now.

To the families dealing with cerebral palsy or similar conditions, explore every avenue for improving the life of your loved one. And to UCP, thank you for all you do to provide the support and resources necessary for people like Mary to live a happy life.

  • https://PotentialBirmingham Nanci Scarpulla

    AWESOME article!!

  • Tina

    Nanci, thanks for reading. Props to you for the wonderful job you do with PotentialBirmingham.com , a resource designed with special needs families in mind.