Pushing a wheelchair athlete in a race
Earlier this month I participated in a 5k road race that was amazing! What was so special about it? Well as a lifelong runner, it was AMAZING to be a “push assist volunteer” — which means I pushed a 20-year old girl in a wheelchair, so she could enjoy a 5k race. Can you imagine being in a wheelchair, yet wanting to do a running race, but being unable to? And maybe she didn’t know she wanted to run it, but to hear her yell with excitement as we ran down hills and over speed bumps gave us such joy. There were two of us taking turns pushing her, but on the uphills of Atlanta we both held on, as we pushed her up the hills. This race was inspired by Brent & Kyle Pease, I’ve followed them for the past several years and have always wanted to help out, but finding a race that fit my schedule wasn’t easy. But this one worked out. And now I’m eyeing a half marathon in March with them.
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