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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Join Miami-Dade County Parks & Achilles International of South Florida for the "2014 Hope & Possibility Road Race/Obstacle Course" Competition at Amelia Earhart Park


(MIAMI, January 16, 2014) —The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Achilles International of South Florida is proud to host the “2014 Hope and Possibility Road Race and Obstacle Course” Competition on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 Street, Hialeah.  The games will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are open to people of all ages with physical disabilities.  Family members and friends will also have an opportunity to participate in the event. Admission to the event is free. The cost for parking is $6.

Best times will be awarded in youth/adult categories for each of the three events:

Pre-registration is advised.  Registration will also be available starting at 9:00 a.m. on race day. For more information on this event, the public can call Jody Cox, Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services at 305-234-1673 or email jsantia@miamidade.gov.

ACTIVITIES:  There will be a 1-mile hand-cycling/wheelchair timed trial, a 5K circuit course and a wheelchair obstacle course. Events are open to people of all ages with physical disabilities. Family and friends will have an opportunity to participate in the 5K circuit course (walk, run or roll).

COST: Admission to the event is free.  The cost for parking is $6.

MEDIA NOTEThe event will offer numerous photo opportunities and inspirational stories.  Florida disabled veterans will be among the event participants.         

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About Achilles International of South Florida
In 1975, Richard Traum became the first amputee to run a marathon.  Once he crossed the finish line, the sense of achievement was life-changing, and he needed to spread that feeling to others with disabilities.  Thus, Achilles International was founded in 1983 in New York City.  Thirty-one years later, Achilles operates over 75 chapters nationwide and abroad, serving thousands of athletes.  Achilles works in athletic training, advocacy, and education to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.  In addition to track club chapters, Achilles hosts a wounded veterans’ racing team, Achilles Kids workouts, a kayak team, and a Paratriathlon team.  In Florida, three chapters continue to grow in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast, and Central FL.  To learn how to get involved please call regional director, Chris Holcomb at 954-815-6289 or to donate, please visit www.achillesinternational.org

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visitwww.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

Who:
The Miami-Dade County Parks and Achilles International of South Florida
What:
“2014 Hope and Possibility Road Race and Obstacle Course” Competition for people with disabilities (All ages)
When:
January 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Where:
Amelia Earhart Park Events area
401 E. 65 Street, Hialeah