Down Syndrome group holds Runday
Area residents participate in the Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group’s event
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.