The 8th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel Race will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, to benefit the National Rehabilitation Hospital's adaptive sports programs for those with disabilities.
The event will be held at the Sport & Health Club at Tysons Corner (8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean, VA 22102). Registration begins at 7 a.m., the race starts at 8 a.m., and the post-race party/awards ceremony featuring breakfast, entertainment, and prizes, begins at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25.
The first-ever Super H 5K Run was organized in 2004 by the wife, children and friends of Harry Freedman, an accomplished athlete who lost his left leg in a worksite accident.
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The purpose of the race was to outfit Freedman with a state-of-the-art sport prosthetic leg. Over the years, the event has gained national attention and has grown into the Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel, a physical feat open to those of quite diverse abilities -- runners, walkers, hand cyclists, moms pushing strollers and those punching the rims of sleek, aerodynamic racing chairs.
"So many people were there to help me in rebuilding my life,” said Freedman. “I want them to know how important it was to me, and we want to make sure there is someone there to help the children and adults with disabilities who need us now.”
Today, the event continues to raise substantial funds for NRH’s adaptive sports program, a community-based program for children and adults with physical disabilities. NRH adaptive sports are designated as a Paralympic Sport Club and a BlazeSports Club.
NRH’s sports program also includes NRH’s Paralympic Military program that offers adaptive sports programming for injured servicemen and women, with the goal of rehab through sports.
All proceeds from the race will support NRH's adaptive sports programs which enable those with disabilities to play sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, sled hockey, quad rugby and more.
This year, the race proceeds will provide financial support for adaptive equipment, facilities rental, competition travel and other expenses. In addition, the Super H race will enable NRH adaptive sports teams to host regular athletic clinics to open the world of sports to individuals with disabilities.
To learn more about participation or sponsorship opportunities, go to nrhrehab.org.