A Unique 5k Trail Run in conjunction with the Million Mile March
LifeStriders is a non-profit organization providing life-enhancing, physical and psychological experiences for individuals with special needs - from children with autism to veterans with PTSD. Through equine-assisted therapy, children and adults experience a variety of physical and mental benefits.
Let's run so those with special needs can ride!
Striding for LifeStriders is an event quite unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced! This 5k trail run incorporates an awesome venue, a challenging course and a variety of waves – competitive, fun-filled, singles, couples, age-groupers, families and four-legged friends.
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Where: LifeStriders – S11 W29667 Summit Avenue (HWY 18) Waukesha, WI 5318
Cost: $25.00 (Individual)
After: Awards, Beer, Soda, Food, Music
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Thank you so very much for being a part of the magic of the inaugural “Striding for LifeStriders” 5k Trail run/walk. This effort is 100% volunteer supported and 100% of the registration fees are donated directly to LifeStriders to help them continue to provide such important therapy to those with special needs.
We are hoping that Sunday is one of the most memorable, fun-filled and inspirational days of the year for you. (Or maybe just one of your better March days.) Here’s what to expect:
Due to space limitations, there will be no parking on the LifeStriders grounds. Due to safety considerations, there will be no parking on the shoulder of HWY 18. Dilemma? Think again!
Thanks to the Kettle Moraine School District, parking is available just west of LifeStriders on HWY 18 at Brandybrook Community Center. Complimentary roundtrip shuttle service will be provided by Waukesha Limousine Service. Simply park your car and get ready for the rock-star treatment you deserve as a custom limo transports you to the starting line! Talk about styling!
Once you arrive on the LifeStriders’ grounds, you will be greeted by some of the friendliest and most helpful people ever. Our smiling team of volunteers will all be on hand to ensure you’re registered, that you start in the right direction and don’t get lost in the woods along the way. Secure gear-check will be provided. There is no packet to pick up. If you’ve pre-registered, simply check-in and get ready to rock a great run. The event is not timed, so please remember to bring along your own PTD (personal timing device) and self-report your finish stats. A professional photographer will be onsite and photos will be available on a complimentary basis. Wow, that’s cool!
The staging area will be inside the barn in the arena where LifeStriders’ clients ride. There will be information tables, special activities, a rocking PA system and live music from the Red 22 Band. Be sure to grab a picture with the Klement’s Racing Sausages. And get your boogie on!
The opening ceremonies should be special, indeed. LifeStriders has made arrangements for a special heroes’ wave and is providing complimentary registration for police, firefighters and active and retired members of the armed forces in appreciation for all they do to protect and serve. Prior to the heroes’ wave, Lt. Daniel Baumann and the City of Waukesha Police Honor Guard will present the colors and LifeStriders volunteer Connie Gehl will have a special rendition of our National Anthem. Nationally famous announcer Dave Kappas will be the event’s emcee. Opening ceremonies start at 0930 (that’s 9:30 AM for us non-military folks.)
Registration will be available the day of the event. Please be patient and understanding if waves are adjusted to balance the entries.
The course will start in the barn and consist of two loops. The route is off road on paths, so be cautious with your footing. (For those of you who drop out after only one loop, I promise that is okay and I won’t tell anyone…) The weather promises to cooperate, but please dress accordingly. The event will go on rain or shine, except under threatening conditions in accordance with established race/weather protocol. Those of you who are accompanied by your four-legged friends, please remember to keep your pet leashed at all times and pick up after any doggie do. (Those caught violating this policy will be assigned to help clean the horse stalls J as a gentle reminder to be courteous to others.)
After the run, there will be a complimentary, fermented malted beverage for those of age, good times, fun and some vittles to refuel including delicious Klement’s brats and hot dogs and FRESHLY BAKED cookies (aka “horse pies.”)
We’ve tried to make this an awesome experience for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with suggestions or questions. Also, please feel free to forward this email to your family, friends and co-workers and invite them to share in the goodness – even though they weren’t forward-thinking and cool enough to be a front-runner like you! (But do encourage them to pre-register tomorrow or Friday.)
Thank you again for your support of LifeStriders. And a special thank you to our way-cool sponsors - InStep Physical Therapy and Running Centers, be fitness and wellness Center, Waukesha Limousine Service and Klement’s Sausage.
See you Sunday!
The excitement continues to build for Sunday’s event.
And here’s a little peak into your virtual goodie bag. be fitness and wellness center in Delafield is offering a complimentary (as in free) two week membership for all “Striding for LifeStriders” participants and volunteers! Could it get any better? Check out be fitness and wellness center here: http://www.befitnesscenter.com/ . To activate your membership, use the special code “LifeStriders” when you visit or check-in. This special offer is good for any consecutive two week period from April 1, 2012 to July1, 2012. Hey, it’s great to have perks!
A couple of people have emailed me with questions regarding what time they should arrive on Sunday. The opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 AM. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT FOR THE OPENING CEREMONIES. (But they will be special!) Please do make sure you allow sufficient time to park, check-in, check your gear and get ready for a fun-filled event. Remember, parking is at Brandybrook Community Center just west of LifeStriders and complimentary round-trip shuttle will be provided by Waukesha Limousine. (Yep, that’s right! Rock Star treatment for you in a tricked out, shiny black stretch limo!)
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday,