Down Syn­drome group holds Run­day

Area res­i­dents par­tic­i­pate in the Ch­ester County Down Syn­drome In­ter­est Group’s event

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Ch­ester County Down Syn­drome In­ter­est Group held its Fam­ily Run­day and Fun­day at West Goshen Park on Oct. 9.

De­spite the cold rain, a large crowd of run­ners par­tic­i­pated in CCDSIG’s first ever 5K.

The high­light of the race came when three West Goshen po­lice of­fi­cers ran the home stretch of the course with run­ner Emily Ben­ton.

Olivia Wain­stein and Katie Bren­nan gave out medals to the run­ners as they crossed the fin­ish line.

The com­mu­nity fun con­tin­ued with a 1-Mile Fun Run and the 100 Yard Dash, en­abling ath­letes of all abil­i­ties to earn a medal.

At­ten­dees also en­joyed live en­ter­tain­ment from Makin’ Mu­sic, a per­for­mance from young dancers with Down syn­drome, car­ni­val games, and a photo booth, as well as silent auc­tion and raf­fle items. Fi­nally, the tra­di­tional Buddy Walk drew a stream of walk­ers through the park, with signs and shirts dis­play­ing the sup­port of fam­i­lies and friends of those with Down syn­drome in our area.

More than 1,000 peo­ple at­tended the event.

Those in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the vir­tual run and sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity can still sign up at: http://www. ccdsig.org/

As part of this an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, CCDSIG also pre­sented its in­au­gu­ral Com­mu­nity Part­ner Award to Donna Markley, owner of Mitch’s Mar­ket Street Gym (322 Mar­ket St.).

Since 1999, Markley has opened her gym for CCDSIG’s an­nual Teen Dance and gone out of her way to en­sure a great night for ev­ery­one.

She has also cre­ated em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for many with spe­cial needs in the area.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS — SANDRIEN DE BRUIJN OF SANDRIENB PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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