For those who want to help out with a good cause, the upcoming Les Boise 10K Trail Run on March 7th will benefit the Arc, a charity organization that advocates for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The run begins at Fort Boise Park and will be an “out and back” course where runners will climb a hill and then turn around to descend and go to the finish line at the park. Part of the course will be at the Military Reserve Area behind the park.
Specifically, the course will take place entirely on dirt roads, beginning at the park and taking runners north past the cemetery and then on to the trail head and shooting range. From there they will go up the hill and then back to the finish line at the park. So, it’s definitely a great event for those concerned with high-impact joint stress from running, since there’s not a single bit of pavement in the entire course!
There is still some time to register, which will be $40. Registration can be done . The City of Trees Marathon Association advises that the run will be a challenging one, so if you decide to register for it, it may be worth noting that it will probably be an exhaustive task to undertake.
The Arc’s history goes back to 1956 when it was founded by a small group of parents before growing larger over the years. It offers vocational, residential, recreational and developmental services to more than 600 people in southwest Idaho.
According to the Arc’s site, when the group was founded, there was little knowledge of treatment for those with intellectual/development disabilities and there were few in the way of services to help them. The Arc was started in order to provide these services and push for legislation that can potentially help those with these kinds of disabilities.
Development and intellectual disabilities can be debilitating for some, depending on how severe they turn out to be. These range from autism to cerebral palsy and Downs syndrome, among many others including those with physical defects. This often necessitates services that can help in managing one’s life, including programs like Medicaid.
The run’s finish line sponsor is Idaho Running Co. with Meadow Gold and Hybrid Health as post-race sponsors. The race will begin at 9 a.m. See you there!