One addition to the 2nd Annual Run Up for Downs will be the Buddy Up 3.21 Teams. After the inaugural race in 2013, I realized that as much as we were preaching acceptance and inclusion…we were failing to do just that with the race. I am hopeful that the addition of the Buddy Up 3.21 will be the solution and help promote acceptance and inclusion of people not only with Down syndrome, but with disabilities.
Each Buddy Up 3.21 Team will consist of one person with Down syndrome and their buddy. The team of two will walk/jog/run the full 3.21 course together. The top three finishing teams will receive an award. We are also working on a finisher award that we can give to each Buddy Up team.
Want to sign-up to be a buddy for an individual with Down syndrome that wants to participate, but might not have a buddy? Register here for the race and select “Individual”, and either fill out our contact form (click here) or send an email to : email@example.com (please note the 3 n’s in runnning). If there are any individuals with Down syndrome that need a buddy, we will match you up and send you an email to let you know that your registration type has been switched from Individual to Buddy Up 3.21. This could be an ideal scenario for anyone running a 5K race the morning of March 22nd.
Another reason for the addition of the Buddy Up 3.21 Teams has to do with hearing from a father in Virginia (Read full blog post here) tell me about his daughter with Down syndrome competing in multiple races. When I asked him why he thought we didn’t see many kids with Down syndrome competing/participating in races and he responded: “…our theory (through much observation) is that unfortunately parents/ guardians take the attitude that ‘my child can’t do that, he/she has DS.’ It does take some training, but no more than necessary to help keep the pounds off.” My hope is that the Buddy Up 3.21 might be an opportunity to shred the stereotype that people with Down syndrome can’t participate / complete a 5K race. One quote I am starting to live by: “Lily will only be as limited as the limits that we put on her.”
If you have a family member/friend with Down syndrome, I hope that you will consider signing up for the Buddy Up 3.21 Team. To sign-up…follow this link to register: Register Today.