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Ava's 5K for Down Syndrome
5K, 1 Mile
Sat, Apr 11, 2015
Mount Airy, MD
Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
Walking-1 Mile - Individual Age group/open
Virtual 5K - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
Who is Ava?
Ava is 4 years old, lives in Mt. Airy, MD and was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.She attends Winfield Elementary, loves the color pink, Frozen, and her little brother, Michael. Ava is as typical as a preschooler gets.The only thing that makes her “different” is an additional chromosome. As Ava grows, she continues to break barriers and stereotypes set by society. She captivates people with her contagious smile and huge personality causing those who meet her to fall in love.
What is Ava’s 5K for Down Syndrome?
Ava’s 5K for Down syndrome will foster inclusion through awareness of individuals with Down syndrome. This event will benefit families through Family Resource, Information & Education Network for Down Syndrome (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.), a Down syndrome advocacy group based in Frederick, MD, and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), a national Down syndrome advocacy group based out of New York, NY.
We envision a community of value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, so they have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
What is Down Syndrome?
In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21, making Down syndrome the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. 1 in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. As a result of higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
Event details and schedule
5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk
This race is a multi surface race which will include both pavement and gravel.Runners will start at Watkins Park, pass through historic downtown Mount Airy, continue on newly developed Rails to Trails, and finish in Watkins Park.
The 1 Mile Fun Run is a paved surface and stroller friendly.
All preregistered attendees will receive a race premium.
5K Runners – Under Armour T-Shirt
Adults 1 Mile Fun Run (12 and over) – Cotton T-Shirt
Children Under 12 – 1 Mile Fun Run – Race Medal
Race timing will be provided by Racine MultiSports, LLC
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Parr’s Ridge Elementary
202 W Watersville Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Mount Airy Middle School
102 Watersville Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Race Day Registration
ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL END SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015 AT 12:00 AM
Ridge Road / Route 27, Mount Airy, MD
6:30 am - 7:30 am
Race premium is NOT guaranteed for registrants on the day of the race
Packet Pickup & Race Premium
Watkins Park, Mount Airy, MD
Saturday, April 11, 2015
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
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