Hannah Calhoun’s Craig experience was so profound that she wanted to bring a little piece of that feeling to others back home in Missouri.
The March 31 event will take place in Willard, MO. on a paved, flat out-and-back course that is fully accessible for wheelers and strollers. Hannah has also set up a separate wheelchair loop designed for individuals using power chairs.
Prizes will be given for the top male and female participant in each category and age group.
The vision for the event was born out of Hannah’s time supporting her significant other during his 2016 Craig inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation following a motocross accident. After returning home to Missouri, she noticed that the area had a lack of accessibility and adaptive recreation options.
“At Craig, there’s an environment of empowerment and an attitude that says ‘if you want to do it,’ we’ll make it happen,’” she says. “I hope that through Wheel to Win, we can bring some of that attitude of positivity and adaptability to individuals in the area.”
Hannah is organizing the event as her final senior leadership project for her sports medicine major at Missouri State University. She sees the 5K as a way to combine her passion for running with her desire to give back to Craig. She is approaching area businesses and organizations for sponsorships and donations for prizes and drawing giveaways.
Hannah is working with the Craig Foundation to build a fundraising page on TeamCraig2018.org, the Craig Foundation’s online peer-to-peer fundraising platform that makes it easy for anyone to host a fundraiser for Craig.
She hopes to have at least 100 participants on race day and raise a minimum of $5,000 through event registrations and online fundraising.
“I’ve seen how the sports medicine field has progressed because of research,” she says. “It’s the same way with SCI research, they are always finding more answers and always learning more.”
“I definitely think there is potential for greater things in the future.”
To support Hannah’s fundraising efforts, visit her fundraising page. To register for the Wheel to Win event visit the event website. To host your own event or online fundraiser for Craig, visit TeamCraig2018.org or contact Becky Plunkett at 303-789-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.