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October 20, 2019

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About

walk/run

The 15th Annual Walk/Run for Abilis has become a hallmark celebration for the Abilis community. It is our largest annual fundraiser, and has become our signature “friend-raising” and awareness building event. Each year we welcome hundreds of walkers and runners from Fairfield County and beyond to picturesque Tod’s Point. Many of those who take part in the walk/run do so because they are inspired by the story of a friend or family member with a developmental disability. The day is comprised of runners, walkers, virtual attendees from all over the country, Abilis program participants and their family and friends, Abilis staff, local businesses, community members, hundreds of donors and most importantly, an army of volunteers that make it all happen.

WHAT
Our annual Walk/Run for Abilis celebrates inclusion and diversity and is a family-friendly activity created for people of all ages and abilities. This is the one event we do each year in which all of our program participants and their families can take part. More than just a stroll, roll or run, the Walk/Run for Abilis offers fun for everyone. Face painting, crafts, carnival games, a bouncy house, the bubble bus and other popular activities will be available for children. Music will inspire the group and free food and beverages will be available throughout the day. The event includes a 5K run, and a 1M walk, accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers.

WHY WALK
While the Walk/Run for Abilis is about camaraderie and celebration, the main mission of the Walk/Run is to raise critical funds for Abilis. Donations help support the vital programs and services that Abilis provides to over 700 people of all ages with special needs and their families each year throughout Fairfield county.

  • Who We Are
  • What We Do
  • Abilis Charter

Who We Are

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides services and supports for over 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis has been a leader in providing state of the art services for the special needs community in Fairfield County for over 68 years and has a long-standing reputation for high quality care.

Our tax ID# is 06-6009327

What We Do

Abilis provides early intervention and customized therapies, as well as family education and advocacy to help individuals achieve important developmental milestones through our Therapeutic Services programs. As individuals approach and enter adulthood, we provide a wide range of Life Services programs, including recreational activities, transition and life skills support, job training, competitive and supported employment, individual life planning, and a choice of residential options.

Abilis Life Services programs are provided throughout Fairfield County, while our Therapeutic Services programs are centered in our Stamford office. Our LEAP transitions services for young adults are centrally located in Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield, and New Canaan. Abilis manages over 40 residential homes in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk, and works with numerous schools, civic organizations, and other community partners to deliver programs to individuals and families when and where they need them most.

Our Mission

Abilis provides people with developmental disabilities and their families in lower Fairfield County with supports and advocacy for building able lives and strong communities.

Our Vision

Abilis will set the standard of excellence for person-centered services through innovation, teamwork and respect for the people we serve. Together, we will shape communities in which people of all abilities participate and contribute as equal citizens.

Our Values

Abilis believes that all people deserve to live, learn, work and enjoy life based upon their personal preferences. Each person’s own strengths and dreams for the future deserve acknowledgment and respect. All people deserve access to resources, opportunities and skills that enhance their ability to self-advocate effectively.

People with disabilities have the same rights as all people. They are entitled to good health care and safety, meaningful choices, achievement, friendship, fulfilling work and a comfortable place to live.

Event

schedule

Sunday, October 20, 2019

7:30 am

Registration Opens
Runners:
  • Registered runners can pick up their run packets at check-in
  • New runners can register and pay on-site
    • $40 – Adult run registration fee
    • $20 – Kids registration fee (ages 11-17)
    • $0 – Kids under 11 can run or walk with a parent or guardian
Walkers:
  • Registered walkers can pick up their t-shirts at check-in
  • New walkers can register on-site
    • Free for children and adults
    • Children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9:00 am

5K Run

The 5K run begins at 9:00 am and is preceded by a professional warm-up. Registration and race packet-pick-up begins at 7:30 am the day of the event. The run is a timed race and is suitable for runners of all levels. The course is relatively flat and on mostly concrete paths within Greenwich Point Park. The route is accurately marked with arrows and we have run monitors to keep you on course and cheer you on to the finish.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top three men, women and children finishers at 10:45 am

Race Fees:

    • $40 – Adult run registration fee
    • $20 – Kids registration fee (ages 11-17)
    • $0 – Kids under 11 can run or walk with a parent or guardian

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9:00 am

Kids' Activities

Kids’ activities and music begin at 9:00 am and last throughout the event. The Walk/Run event is designed to be family-friendly with activities for children of all ages. Volunteers will be on-site at all activities to supervise and organize. Please note that children taking part in activities must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Kids’ Activity tents. We will have two tents with activities for children ages 2-12.
    • Tent #1 will host carnival type games.
    • Tent #2 will host arts, crafts and face-painting.

  • Bouncy castle
    • Shoes must be removed.
    • Children should be supervised by a parent or guardian while bouncing.

  • Bubble Bus – fun for all!
  • Music provided by DJ Gary Gibbs.

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

10:00 am

Awards

Individual Awards

  • Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each category: men, women and children (under age 11 and ages 11-17).

Team Awards

  • Participation awards will be given to the top three walk or run teams based on:
    • Most team members
    • Most money raised

  • Creativity awards will be given to the most unique run and walk team outfits. Be creative and have fun!

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

11:00 am

1-Mile Walk

The 1-mile walk is free to adults and children (those under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The walk begins at 11:00 am and is preceded by a fun warm-up with lively music starting at 10:30 am. The walk route goes along the scenic Greenwich Point Park peninsula and is accessible to wheelchairs, strollers and other adaptive equipment. Most of the route will take place on roads free of traffic and concrete paths. While there is no registration fee to walk, donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Donations can be made in advance online at: www.abilis.us/walkrun
  • Donations day of can be made via cash or credit card

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9:00 am

Gardens & Gifts

Abilis Gardens & Gifts will be selling products on Walk/Run day. Many of the items are handmade and packaged by our participants.

  • There will be an assortment of handcrafted candles, soaps and lotions, scarfs, notecards and pre-made gift baskets.
  • Items can be purchased with cash or credit card on-site.

Abilis Gardens & Gifts is a retail-store located at our 50 Glenville Street location. It is also a training site for our competitive employment program where our members work toward community based jobs in sales and production. The store sells an assortment of handcrafted candles, and bath products, microgreens, plants and fresh cut flowers. Store hours can be found at www.abilis.us/gifts or call the store directly at (203)531-4438.

Coffee and bagels, will be served starting at 8:00 am.
Light breakfast, snacks and water will be served starting at 10:00 am.
Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Route

maps

About

Tod's Point

The Walk/Run for Abilis takes place at Tod’s Point in Greenwich Point Park. Considered to be one of the most gorgeous waterfronts in the area, the beach sits on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound. Both the 5K run and 1M walk routes take place on mostly paved paths throughout the park. Tod’s Point is a multiple-use recreational park popular with Greenwich families for jogging, swimming, fishing, boating, water sports, walking and nature study. Greenwich Point Park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until sunset.   

Please note: no pets, scooters or bikes are allowed along the walk/run routes.

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