‘Step UP for Down Syndrome 5k’ planned

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its fifth annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Short Pump Town Center. The event, previously known as The Buddy Walk, features a 5K run/walk and a free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.

“There’s a little bit of something for everyone, from live music to a pumpkin patch,” said Terri Lancaster, president of DSAGR. “But the real stars are our loved ones with Down syndrome, who continue to amaze us with everything they do. This event is for them and to raise awareness and funds to assist individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout Central Virginia.”

The 5k run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m.; it starts and finishes at the town center. (For details, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/DSAGR5K2011). A family festival will be held from 9 a.m. to noon (http://www.dsagr.com), and live music, children's activities, a pumpkin patch, Nutzy the Flying Squirrel and Ms. Wheelchair Virginia also will be part of the occasion. The Down syndrom Superstars Ceremony, recognizing Down syndrome individuals, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
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The sixth annual Youth Triathlon, presented by Endorphin Fitness, will take place at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 West Broad St. The race is open to ages 5-14 and features a short pool swim, loop bike course closed to vehicular traffic, and a run on level playing fields. An optional four-day youth triathlon camp will precede the event, taking place Aug. 14-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Participants will be taught essential skills of the sport in a safe, fun environment. Cost of the camp is $95. All proceeds from the event will benefit the children at VHBG. For details, fee information and registration for the VHBG Youth Triathlon and camp, visit http://www.endorphinfitness.com/vhbg-youth-triathlon. For details about sponsoring or volunteering at the triathlon, contact Joan Marble at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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