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Runners take to the square for ADA 5K race

POSTED: July 19, 2012 12:30 a.m.

An upcoming race through downtown Gainesville will not only pay homage to an important piece of legislation, it will also help individuals with disabilities lead more complete and independent lives.

The 11th Annual ADA Memorial 5K and 1-Mile Freedom Stroll will begin at 7 a.m. July 21 with registration on the downtown Gainesville square. The actual race will begin a 8 a.m. and costs $25 per participant.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, as well as access to fruit, water and other snacks.

The event celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was signed into law by then President George Bush in 1990 and prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Saturday’s race will benefit Access to a Better Tomorrow, Inc, which is a Gainesville-based nonprofit that was launched in 2011. The group’s mission is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities to enjoy a full life.

Gift cards and other prizes will be awarded before and after the race.

Custom awards will be presented to the top racers in each of 16 age groups. The age divisions range from younger than 10 to 80 and older.

The complete race results will be posted online at www.adamemorial.org. A map of the race course is also available on the website.


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