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October 17, 2021

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FUNDRAISING PROGRESS:

$169,573
OF OUR $140,000 GOAL

About

walk/run

For the past 16 years the annual Walk/Run for Abilis has become our signature “friend-raising” and awareness building event. 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. This year we are thrilled to welcome everyone back to Tod’s Point in Old Greenwich!

This year we are excited to announce that the 16th annual Walk/Run will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

We look forward to once again coming together as a community alongside Abilis program participants and their family and friends, Abilis staff, local businesses, hundreds of donors and most importantly, an army of volunteers that will make it happen- back at our home base of Tod’s Point in Old Greenwich.

ALL ABOUT THE WALK/RUN FOR ABILIS

The Walk/Run for Abilis is a 5K run or 1-mile accessible walk that you, your friends, family members and co-workers can take part in at picturesque Tod’s Point on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The Walk/Run for Abilis will allow you to connect to our Abilis community, get some exercise and raise critical funds for Abilis. As in past years, we invite you to form teams, challenge one another and share your videos and photos with us by sending them to walkrun@abilis.us and using the hashtags #Abilis and #WalkRunForAbilis

WHY WALK OR RUN?

The Walk/Run for Abilis has always been about camaraderie and celebration, and this year is even more special as make a return to Tod’s Point. We will once again come together for a full in-person event with the mission of raising critical funds for Abilis all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Greenwich shoreline.

This year the funds raised from the 16th annual Walk/Run for Abilis will support new initiatives within Abilis that will support the over 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth through their lifespan within lower Fairfield County.

  • Who We Are
  • What We Do
  • Abilis Charter

Who We Are

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been a leader serving the special needs community for 70 years, our mission is to provide supports and advocacy for building able lives and strong communities. Annually Abilis provides services for over 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives.

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, New Canaan and Darien. Abilis manages over 48 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 17, 2021

7:30 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Run Starts

11:00 am

Walk Starts
Event Location: Tod’s Point (Greenwich Point Park) in the Clambake Area Note: The actual address to put in a GPS is 1 Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
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 ages 11-17 registration fee
    • $0 – Kids under 11 can run or walk with a parent or supervisor for free
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
We encourage attendees to pack a snack or light lunch and their own personal water bottle to enjoy at Tod’s Point. We will have socially distanced tables for people to sit and relax. Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 am

run begins
Event Location: Tod’s Point (Greenwich Point Park) in the Clambake Area Note: The actual address to put in a GPS is 1 Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
The 5K run begins at 9:00 am and is preceded by a professional warm-up. Registration and race packet-pick-up open 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. For runners using adaptive equipment, there is a route modification that will enable you to stay on paved roads. Our run monitors will direct you or you can inquire in advance at the run registration table 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
Awards & Prizes:
    • Top three men, women & children
    • Awarded at approximately 10:15 am
We encourage attendees to pack a snack or light lunch and their own personal water bottle to enjoy at Tod’s Point. We will have socially distanced tables for people to sit and relax. Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 am

activities begin
Children’s activities and music begin at 9:00 am and last throughout the Walk/Run event. The Walk/Run event is designed to be family-friendly with activities for children of all ages.
  • Kids’ Activity tents – There will be two tents with activities for children ages 2-12. One will be set-up with carnival games and prizes, and the other will be set up with arts & crafts and face-painting. Volunteers will be at both tents to supervise and organize activities.
  • Bouncy castle – will be supervised by volunteers. Shoes must be removed.
  • Bubble Bus – fun for all!
  • Music provided by Sebass Events & Entertainment.
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 17, 2021

10:15 am

5K Awards

Noon

Walk Awards
Individual Awards (5K)
  • Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each category: men, women and children (under age 11 and ages 11-17). Award time approximately 10:15 am.
Team Awards
  • Participation awards will be given to the top three walk or run teams based on total participation, which includes # of donors and onsite walk participants.
  • Creativity awards will be given to the most unique run and walk team outfits.
    • Be creative and have fun!
We encourage attendees to pack a snack or light lunch and their own personal water bottle to enjoy at Tod’s Point. We will have socially distanced tables for people to sit and relax. Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

11:00 am

Walk begins
Event Location: Tod’s Point (Greenwich Point Park) in the Clambake Area Note: The actual address to put in a GPS is 1 Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
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
Awards & Prizes
  • Participation awards will be given to the top three walk or run teams based on total participation, which includes # of donors and onsite walk particpants.
  • Creativity awards will be given to the most unique run and walk team outfits. Be creative and have fun!
We encourage attendees to pack a snack or light lunch and their own personal water bottle to enjoy at Tod’s Point. We will have socially distanced tables for people to sit and relax. Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 am

Gardens & Gifts
Abilis Gardens & Gifts will be selling products onsite at the Walk/Run. Many of the items are handmade and packaged by our program 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.

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 program participants 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.

We encourage attendees to pack a snack or light lunch and their own personal water bottle to enjoy at Tod’s Point. We will have socially distanced tables for people to sit and relax. Sorry, no skateboards, bikes, or pets please!

Route

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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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