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Arbor Day run/walk/roll event planned for disability awareness

The 34th annual Arbor Day 5K-1/2 Mile Run/Walk/Roll for disability awareness, a partnership between Disability Connection and the Gulf Coast Running Club to encourage people with disabilities to enjoy the healthful fun of a run, is set for Saturday, March 5.

The Run registration fee is $25 per person. Early discount pre-registration of $22 is available through February 25 at All participants will receive a t-shirt and free trees, while supplies last. Everyone with challenges to running receives a medal.

The fun outdoor event, which will be held at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi, promotes healthy lifestyles to individuals of all ages with and without disabilities. This event has two goals: to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to encourage people with disabilities to be active community participants by joining the fun of a run.

The race includes a 1/2 mile challenge so that everyone, including wheelchairs, can participate. Awards will follow the event.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the 5K set to start at 9 a.m., and the ½ mile event will begin at 9:45 a.m.

This year, due to the pandemic, Disability Connection is offering schools and groups the option to participate remotely at the time of their choosing. Schools should register a walk/run/roll event through Disability Connection to be held at the time and location of their convenience, such as a football field or walking track. Before their event, teams will receive their Arbor Day t-shirts, medallions, snacks, and bottled water.

Individuals with disabilities can also participate remotely by calling Disability Connection to register.

All event proceeds support the Disability Connection’s programs and events. For sponsorship or team information or to register to participate remotely, contact the Disability Connection office at 228-604-4020.

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