Posted: Jul 4, 2012 4:27 PM by Chet Layman - MTN
Updated: Jul 4, 2012 4:29 PM
BOZEMAN - This morning, a group of 200 people gathered on Bozeman's north side to run for Reach Inc's fourth annual Run for Independence to support people with disabilities.
Runners could participate in a 1 kilometer, 5 kilometer or 10 kilometer race.
Reach, Inc's mission is to empower adults with disabilities to attain their individual potential and aspirations. In other words, a race for independence.
Run for Independence organizer Dee Metrick said it started because of former board member Greg Franklin and Jay Winchester. "I took over this year for Jay Winchester," Metrick said. "I'm a runner too, so I put together a race I would be interested in running."
Most runners opted for the full 10 kilometer race. Times were kept, but community support was more important than trophies.
Metrick said many people come as families.
"As a group, walking the 1K, coming back around and eating some food and hopefully wining some prizes. We have a lot of community support, over $2,000 worth of prizes were donated this year."