BOERNE, TX—”No more silence. Run for those who want to be heard!” Nonprofit organization Aid The Silent (ATS) will host its first ever 5k run in order to raise money for Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocacy on Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 a.m.
The race will take place at Boerne City Lake Park, with day-of registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate. Friends, family members and supporters are encouraged to bring their own kayaks, chairs and picnic materials, as the lake will be reserved all day for the event. Boerne City Lake Park offers numerous activities and amenities, including a fishing pier, picnic units with grills, a playground, volleyball court, a 9-hole Frisbee course, a bird observation blind, a boat dock and butterfly garden.
Following the race, there will also be food trucks and a performance by local singers and songwriters Ryan Proudfoot and Emma Faye Rudkin, the founder of Aid The Silent and recently-crowned Miss San Antonio 2015.
Awards will be given out in the following categories: Overall Male & Female, Masters (ages 40+) Male & Female, Grandmaster (ages 60+) Male & Female, Top 3 Male & Female finishers in each 10 year age group (9 & under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+).
Registration for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is completely free; audiogram is required for registration. This can be done the day of, or ahead of time online. For more information regarding prior registration or to download a registration packet, visit www.AidtheSilent.com/5K/Registration/. Registration for all other participants will be $30 and $40 for day-of registration. Pre-registration closes at closes on November 4 at 8 p.m.
Children ages five and under will also be able to run or walk for free. Pets and animals are also welcomed at the event, as long as they remained leashed. It is noted that the race course is mixture of flat, unpaved and rough trails.
ATS was established in order “to help thousands around the world find information about living in today’s society as a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual, to learn to live life fully and to inspire others to embrace their differences,” according to the organization’s website. The organization primarily devotes its efforts to providing a platform to raise funds for deaf ministry, research, education and resources.
Vendors who are interested in reserving a space at the event can submit a vendor application here.