At The Children's Center, we know that "disability" is short for DISCOVER your ABILITY!
Come discover your abilities at The Children's Center Classic I CAN! Run. Stop at our optional mid-race I CAN! challenges and push forward just like our little Ability Discoverers do every day!
Race-day registration and packet pickup begin at 7:30 am, and the race kicks off at 9:00 am, with our 1-mile fun run. Before you embark on your own I CAN! race, get inspired by our littlest racers as we cheer them across the finish line!
**Live far away, or won't be in town on race day, but still want to take part in our race? This year, we are offering a Virtual Race option! Register for the race as a "virtual runner" and we will send you a t-shirt! Run, walk, or roll with us on February 17, wherever you are! Even better - wear your shirt, snap a selfie, and tag The Children's Center! We can't wait to see you (online)!**
WHY THIS RACE? Whether you're an experienced runner armed with water packs and custom-fit shoes, or a walker who only runs if something's chasing you, or a wheelchair racer leaving us all in your dust (or skid marks), this is the race for you! For those looking for an accurate course with professional time-keeping and course markers, we've got you! For those looking for a fun event with activities and lots of laughs, we've got you too! And for those who only run so you can eat, we feel you, and we've got food waiting for you just past that finish line!
BUT, BEYOND ALL OF THAT lies the biggest reason of all. Anyone who has been to The Children's Center and has seen, first hand, the kind of work (and fun) that is done there, can testify to the impact this organization has on our community. The Children's Center has been bringing brighter futures, and presents, to infants and children with disabilities and their families since 1974. The services provided, both to the families and to university students pursuing related degrees, are unparalleled.
AND THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU, these services are offered completely cost-free! Visit The Children's Center, and you will see challenges, triumphs, set-backs, wins, tears, hugs, and a lot of laughs. But mostly, you will witness an incomparable team of professionals who are 100% committed to giving every child the very best start.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS RACE, you can smile a little bigger as you cross that finish line, knowing that ALL of the profits from your registration fee and / or fundraising are going directly to helping The Children's Center continue this much needed work.
Thank you, and we can't wait to see you at the starting line!
For more information about The Children's Center, visit www.usm.edu/childrenscenter.