Moving With Hope 5K goes on despite rain showers

Runners participating in the annual Moving With Hope 5K race ran around Veterans Park along the Riverwalk and through a portion of downtown Shelton. — Nicole Zappone photo

It was a rainy and chilly Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop the runners and walkers in Veteran Park from taking off for the non-profit group Moving With Hope.

Moving with Hope is an organization that hopes to help provide special services to those who are affected by neurological disorders and other early-onset long-term illnesses.

Many people showed up in their Halloween costumes, and some even brought their dogs as bystanders to watch the race begin.

Throughout the morning, there were tents occupied by various companies, food for purchase, and activity tables for children to decorate skulls and pumpkins to ignite the Halloween spirit.

“We really had a good amount of people come join us. I think we had over 100 participants, and some even said they can’t wait to come back next year,” said the president and co-founder of Moving With Hope, Tad Duni.

Costumes seen at the race ranged from Supergirl to Batman, Yoshi, and many other characters.

“I really enjoyed coloring a decorative skull while my mom ran in the race,” said Julie Smith of Shelton.

Trophies were given out for first, second and third places in the age range categories of adults (ages 18-83) and school-age children. Jeremy Titus, 47, of Durham finished in first place with a time of 21 minutes and 17 seconds. Amy Frances, 51, of Westport finished in second place with a time of 21 minutes and 25 seconds. William Smith, 18, of Shelton finished in third place with a time of 23 minutes and 42 seconds.

For the children’s age group, the winners were as follows: Ella Mcgee, 9, of Monroe finished in first place with a time of 24 minutes and 29 seconds. Jordan Hanyecz, 10, of Shelton finished in second place with a time of 24 minutes and 29 seconds. Kevin Maysonet, 12, of Manchester finished in third place with a time of 44 minutes and 57 seconds.

Moving With Hope

The mission, as stated on the foundation’s website, is to provide “the brain and spinal cord injury community and those with other early-onset long-term illnesses an affordable recovery solution.”

According to Duni, his goal is to raise enough money to put a deposit down on an apartment building in Shelton that features proper accessibility for those with wheelchairs so they will not be restrained because of their disability.

Duni said he’d like the apartment building to feature two greenhouses where residents can grow plants and experience the outdoor life they normally wouldn’t be able to because of wheelchair restrictions.

“We are asking for local support to help us build this center to serve the one in five residents that have complicated neurological and orthopedic medical histories that require year-round weekly therapies that health care cannot provide. The support of the unprecedented mission of this charity will serve this community for decades to come,” Duni said.

For more information on Moving With Hope, visit the website:

http://movingwithhope.org/#home.

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