With Spring quickly approaching, every Cincinnatian knows it is almost time for the annual Flying Pig Marathon. This year, the CARA Group is facilitating a section of the race for individuals with disabilities. PigAbilities is an 8 week progressive training program designed to help runners with disabilities reach their own goals. In addition to the group training sessions, PigAbilities participants will receive health, wellness and nutrition training. There is even a specially designed Hog Log, to help runners track their progress. Ohio Valley Goodwill is a founding member of the CARA Group and is an on-going sponsor and supporter of the PigAbilities training event.
Orientation will be held on March 1st from 10-11am at the Gamble-Nippert YMCA. This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the PigAbilities program, and get set to stretch your legs after a long winter. Weekly training sessions will take place following orientation. The first five sessions, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29, will be held indoors at the University of Cincinnati Recreation Center. The last indoor session will feature a special visit from the Flying Pig! April is the start of outdoor training. Sessions will be held at Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park on April April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26. The final session will culminate with a celebratory picnic which will be sponsored by Ohio Valley Goodwill’s volunteer Service Guild.
PigAbilities is an excellent opportunity to build bridges in Cincinnati, while burning calories and shaking off the last bit of Winter doldrums. Visit the PigAbilities website to register and find out more. And don’t forget to vote “YES” for the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services levy on May 6th, just a few days after the Flying Pig Marathon.
For directions to the Gamble-Nippert YMCA, check the map below: