This year’s UCP Hartford Life Without Limits 5k has set it goal for participants at 113 along with target funds to be raised at $2,500. With less than a month until the starting bell, UCP of Greater Hartford may exceed that goal in its second annual run. Each dollar raised from the event supports summer programming at Camp Harkness. The residential summer camp just celebrated its 55th Anniversary and continues to attract campers with disabilities from around the country including West Coast campers from California as well as East Coast campers from nearby New York. The fundraising goal set for the one-day event will create individual scholarships to allow three (3) individuals a full week of overnight camping as well as cover their admission fees to fun, local attractions like Mystic Aquarium along with their camping supplies for activities like weekly dances with DJs and live bands… and so much more.
This year’s 5K race welcomes back Team Hoyt. The father-son-duo continues to inspire racers with and without disabilities to lead a “Life Without Limits.” Rick Hoyt was born with spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and no verbal abilities – but despite his visible challenges, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. When Rick wanted to compete in a local 5-mile run as a child, his father agreed to push his wheelchair. That night Rick shared with his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” Little did they know that one race would spawn participation in 1,089 athletic events over the last 33 years! UCP of Greater Hartford is proud to welcome back this dynamic racing team!
Lace up your sneakers and get registered. Not only will you feel great completing the 5k, you’ll feel even better knowing that your support is priceless!