On Saturday, May 11, Upper Gwynedd will be covered yet again in pink and black with runners and rider athletes from across the state, and country, to help spread the message of inclusion at the 2nd Annual Yellow Stairway 12k/6k. Hosted by Ainsley’s Angels in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Ainsley’s Angels of America aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life, including endurance races.
The Yellow Stairway, presented by Dischell Bartle Dooley, pairs rider athletes, those unable to complete a race unassisted, with able bodied runners. Starting and finishing at the law offices of Dischell Bartle Dooley, individuals and duo teams will select from two different race distances. Together, using specialized racing chariots provided for free by Ainsley’s Angels, the duos will hit the Upper Gwynedd streets starting and crossing the finish line as a unit.
Local runners will also be supporting Ainsley’s Angels racing individually, rather than pushing an athlete. A 501c3 non-profit, Ainsley’s Angels of America is ran by volunteers and all proceeds will help spread the mission locally in Southeastern Pennsylvania, continuing to purchase more racing chariots to provide the opportunity off rolling in the wind for all.
“Ainsley’s Angels in SEPA has been in our community for four years and we are thrilled to be bringing back an inclusion themed race to the area,” said Monica Miller, Yellow Stairway Race Director. “I am in awe of the support we’ve received from our community to help us put on this spectacular event. After months of planning, we look forward to race day where we get to see smiles on our rider’s faces. Their happiness just beams from those racing chariots and it gives fuel to the individuals who are lending their legs. It is truly a magical day to witness.”
“The Yellow Stairway Race is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when we come together as a community,” said Bob Iannozzi Jr., a partner at Dischell Bartle Dooley. “Dischell Bartle Dooley is proud to once again host the riders and the runners on this very special day.”
With a mission that believes everyone should be included, Ainsley’s Angels welcomes individuals of all ages and all disabilities to join their angel family and compete in endurance races of all lengths. All rider athletes participate in races for free, and racing chariots are provided for free to everyone who needs one to compete. While most road races focus on the runner as the number one priority, that is different for the Yellow Stairway and all other Ainsley’s Angels Race Series events.
“A lot of people see us in local races and think, ‘Wow, that’s so amazing, but we don’t own a chair like that.’ No worries, we always provide our chariots at each and every race to everyone who needs it. That is who we are – giving the gift of mobility to all members of the community,” said Miller.
Race sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $100 to $3,000. Sponsorships include marketing opportunities pre-, during, and post-race.
The Yellow Stairway is the third race of the 2019 Ainsley’s Angels Race Series. The race series is a culmination of 12 endurance events being held across the nation where the main focus is getting as many individuals with special needs off sidelines and over finish lines. Race locations in 2019 include North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Texas.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Race Start – 9:00 a.m.
1800 Pennbrook Parkway, Lansdale PA 19446
Race Event Page: https://ainsleysangels.org/raceseries/
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/281840192469682/
Registration Link: https://www.athlinks.com/event/yellow-stairway-6k12k-241553
Volunteer Sign-Up Link: https://goo.gl/forms/y8wLlwSKGesLcKYh2