The 10th annual Franklin 5K
THANK YOU FOR VISITING THE FRANKLIN 5K PAGE
Funds raised support programs for inclusion at the Hockomck Area YMCA
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION
10:00 a.m. RUN ∙ WALK ∙ ROLL
Team Hoyt is one of the world’s most inspiring stories. We were pleased to welcome Dick & Rick Hoyt to The Franklin 5K. This was a great event, aimed at breaking down barriers for people with disabilities.
Despite Rick’s disabilities as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, his spirit and mind have always been strong. His family has long supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education, and the workplace, culminating in his graduation from Boston University. The father and son team has competed in over 1,000 athletic competitions, including 32 Boston Marathons, 22 duathlons, and six Ironmans. At first, race organizers tried to exclude the Hoyts unless Dick could qualify in the difficult time of Rick’s 20-year-old age group, which they did at the 1982 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. In 1996, at the 100th Boston Marathon, the duo was recognized as Centennial Heroes.
The Hockomock Area YMCA shares the Hoyts’ strong belief in inclusion. We honored Team Hoyt at the 2012 Legends Ball benefiting our Integration Initiative. This unique program provides opportunities for children with special needs to engage with their typically developing peers in YMCA programs, activities, and services. “The Hockomock Area YMCA is to be commended for creating such a wonderful prog
ram for the youth in the communities it serves,” said Dick Hoyt upon receipt of the Legends Award.
All proceeds from The Franklin 5K will be used to provide anonymous scholarships at the Y and to subsidize the Integration Initiative.
The Franklin 5K was started by The K Girls - Kris and Kayla Biagiotti - in memory of Kayla’s dad Bob Biagiotti and his belief that no child should be left on the sidelines. Kris continues her advocacy through this event. Last year, Kris and Kayla were just feet away from the finish line when two bombs exploded at the 2013 Boston Marathon. That day, lost among the chaos, The K GirTls made Boston Marathon history as the first female team to complete the race in the disabled division. Kris and Kayla are excited to run again with Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have been huge inspirations to them.
At The Franklin 5K, you will enjoy spirit, teamwork, and commitment to community with the Hoyts and The K Girls!
EVENT LOCATION: MARSH & MCLELLAN COMPANIES, INC.
431 Washington Street, Franklin, MA
|A great 5K race & so much more!
Activities for all ages:
|Touch a Truck||Vehicles from Bass Pro Shops, the National Guard, and Franklin's police and fire departments
|Kids Fun Run||Cross your own finish line! Ideal for age 3-6; starts immediately after the 5K & cheered on by teens from our Leaders Clubs
|Games||Minute to Win It challenges, KidTucky Derby races, Noodle tag, face painting, and more!
|Music, Silent Auction & Raffles||To benefit Hockomock Area YMCA Reach Out for Youth & Families financial assistance program and our Integration Initiative|
Last May, the community participated in The Franklin 5K, raising funds to celebrate children of all abilities. The event was led by race founder Kris Biagiotti (pictured front center with her daughter Kayla).