Hundreds gathered at the starting line to begin the Easterseals Central Illinois Run. Walk. and Roll. 5K and Walk.
“Raising money for Easterseals providing support for the pediatric therapy services that they provide to children with developmental disabilities and delays,” said Amy Braet, race organizer.
This event usually raises over $20,000, which turn into thousands of hours of therapy for children. However, there’s something unique about this race.
“I think our event is different than other 5K’s or 1 mile walks in that it is inclusive and strollers and wheelchairs are welcome and it’s not just racers that are particpating in our race, it’s the kids and the families,” said Braet.
Although it’s a holiday weekend for some, more than 450 people took part.
“I think Easterseals is a great organization helping the kids. They’re doig great work. I am supporting the cause,” said Milind Soman, runner.
Milind said that supporting Easterseals is an investment for the future.
“I think children are the future of the country. So if we support them, if we educate them, if we can do anything that we can for the children, I think that should be a great cause,” said Milind.
After the race everyone got to go to a party, where they got some face painting done, free balloons and even got to meet the Easter bunny.