On October 23, 2010, local DCers will come together on bike and on foot to make a difference and change lives. It's much more than a ride, a run or walk. With VIP treatment along the way, and a party at the finish, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge is an experience of a lifetime.
There are approximately 200 million people in the world with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) representing approximately three percent of the global population. Tragically, a great number of people with IDD are stereotyped and marginalized and live life as an invisible minority. Without the education and promotion of inclusion, societal ignorance will continue to foster a cycle that leads to social, physical and economic isolation.
Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD.
Special Olympics is a global organization that uses sports as a catalyst to change society's perceptions and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities.
Best Buddies participants and Special Olympics athletes have reached millions of milestones over the last decades. However, there are many areas of the country and regions of the world that still lack programs to help people with IDD become a part of mainstream society. Together, Best Buddies and Special Olympics have taken the torch from Eunice Kennedy Shriver to become the driving force behind the nation's disabilities movement.
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CYCLE Riders choose from a 20-mile route or Criterium Races. No matter what option you choose, you'll enjoy magnificent views of our Nation's Capitol and National Monuments biking along a classic DC route, fully supported from start to finish. Open to all ages and abilities.
RUN/WALK For those who do not wish to ride, join the fun at our 5K run and 3K walk led by Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis on the National Mall, or our Youth Fun Run.
CELEBRATE With an Awards Celebration and Private Luncheon, what could be a better way to celebrate your accomplishments and this important cause?