I’m not sure how many have heard of an awesome program called IRun4, but if you haven’t go check it out! It started with a man, who was a runner, meeting a special guy who couldn’t run, and beginning to dedicate his races to him. It grew from there, and now includes all disabilities. The athletes cheer on their buddies in their accomplishments and the buddies are their “coaches!” I heard of the program through a friend on Facebook, but for a long time was hesitant to sign E up…after all he can run now, and probably wouldn’t show any interest at all. However, they currently have over 2000 athletes enthusiastically waiting on that special person to dedicate their workouts and races to, so I decided to jump in!
I signed E up on Tues morn and Wed morning we had a match! We got paired up with an awesome family all the way in Spain! How cool is that! Ro and her 8yo son Chevaux are going to be running, working out, and playing sports just for E! I have no idea if E will show any participation, but if Ive learned anything from autistics, it’s that not showing doesnt necessarily mean not interested. So, since Ive been meaning to start having small, age level lessons anyway…I’m going to use this as part. I will read him their posts to him, show him the pictures, we will learn a little bit about Spain, and about being healthy and excercising, even different holidays (a lot of races are holiday themed), and whatever else comes up!
It may be 10 years before I know if he was interested, or bored, or knows where Arkansas and Spain are on a map…but hey, we’re gonna give it a shot!
There are soooo many runners waiting to be paired up! So, if you know ANYONE child or adult with a disability, sign up! Pass the website along! Tell your friends to tell their friends! Post on your blog and social media!