From elite runners to those just having learned to walk, the Run to Walk 5k is a uniquely inspirational race. The race is put on by the non-profit organization Now I Can; an organization that gives children with disabilities the chance to overcome them. Through an intense form of physical therapy, brought over from Poland, Now I Can has given children who were told they would never walk the chance to cross a finish line all on their own.
While family members and friends envelope much of the crowd at Run to Walk, there are still a few elite runners that come out to run the 5k course hard.
“We do have some hard core runners, we have this one guy I think was an Olympian and he knows he can win this race every year so he signs up,” said Christensen. “Now in our sixth year though we’re evolving a little bit, we got cool performance-wear t-shirts and runner card is timing us, this year we even have bib chips.”
Be it an elite runner there to take on the course, or a family member there to cheer on those accomplishing steps across the finish line, the Run to Walk 5k has been a tremendously inspiring morning for those that join in the celebration.