Running challenge for Autism causes
MIFFLINBURG – The mother of a child with autism is hosting a runner’s challenge this Saturday at R.B. Winter State Park in Mifflinburg to raise money for autism related charities. Janell Weaver learned that her son had autism in July at the age of four.
Weaver created CJ’s Resolution Challenge to help support the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute and the Operation Jack Autism Foundation. Weaver says the race is very unique, with two different challenges to choose from.
She said, “One is called RC Revolution. That one is a three-hour event. You need to run or walk the one and a half mile course as many times as you can. It doesn’t have to be super competitive.”
The other challenge is a bit harder. Weaver explained, “The other one is called Last Man Standing. This one you are given a specified time for each lap. The first lap we are going to do 21-minutes. That’s plenty of time to do a mile and a half for most runners. Then the next one is going to be 20 minutes, but you can’t just keep going. You have to wait until we start the next lap. The laps are going to get faster and faster as the race progresses and eventually people will not be able to keep up and will be eliminated.” And that is how they will have the last man…or woman…standing.
They will have awards for the top runners. To find out more go to the website www.resolutionchallenge.org. The racing begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. You can hear more from Weaver on the race and her experience with learning her child was autistic by listening to WKOK Sunrise online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)