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Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas May News

Torch Run for Special Olympics – Tuesday, May 22 

Ainsley’s Angels has been invited to participate in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics.  All Angel Runners must pay for and wear a Torch Run shirt for this event. Deadline to get a shirt is May 11.

Athlete Riders, please let Jarrett know as soon as possible if you are interested in rolling in one of the three legs through Fort Smith and Van Buren.

Leg One – 5 Miles

(7:30 am) Kick-off Celebration at Walmart on Zero to Fort Smith Police Department (8:55 am)

Leg Two – 5.1 Miles

(8:55 am) Fort Smith Police Department to Midland Bridge (10:10 am)

Leg Three – 3.65 Miles

(10:10 am) Midland Bridge through Van Buren to Crawford County Sherriff’s Office (10:50 am)

 

Two Races Coming Up Soon:

 Hotfoot 5k, 10k, or 15k – Saturday, May 26 – Downtown Fort Smith

Jarrett needs to know as soon as possible if you are interested in being an Athlete Rider or an Angel Runner in this race. Please let me know which distance you are interested in running or rolling: 5k, 10k, or 15k. A 5k is 3.1 miles.

 

Super Hero Run for Autism 5k – Saturday, June 2 – Fort Chaffee

This race is the very next weekend after the Hotfoot. Please let me know if you are interested in running or rolling in this race that supports programs for persons with Autism. Dress as your favorite Super Hero! Please check our website for a list of all of our races in 2018 under “upcoming events.”

 

Ainsley’s Angels Day at Fort Smith Lake – Sunday, July 22

Kiwanis of Fort Smith is sponsoring a family day for us Sunday afternoon July 22 at Fort Smith Lake. There will be opportunities for fishing, enjoying the water, and canoeing. They will also have a pontoon boat for us to enjoy! Food and drinks are provided. You can get free tickets on the Arkansas page on the Ainsley’s Angels website under “upcoming events.” If you are an Angel Runners are also invited!

 

Anniversary Dinner and 5k – Friday and Saturday August 10-11

On August 10, 2017 our first Freedom chair was delivered to Arkansas. To celebrate one year of joy and inclusion, and to raise money for more chairs, we will have a dinner and a silent auction on August 10, 2018 at First Christian Church. Tickets can be purchased on the website. If you would like to help with this dinner, please let me know. We need help selling tickets, catering the meal, and acquiring silent auction items and door prizes. The following morning, we will have a 5k downtown Fort Smith. Runners, Riders, Sponsors and Volunteers are needed! Tickets can be purchased on the website. Angel Riders register for free. Angel Runners should contact Jarrett for a $10 off discount code.  A paper registration form is also available.

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Angel Runners Needed for the Hogeye Half Marathon

Ainsley’s Angels of America is rolling in 30 states and over 50 cities, but we are brand new to NW Arkansas! Our mission is pure and simple: INCLUSION and JOY! We pair Angel Runners with Athlete Riders (children and adults with developmental disabilities) in endurance events. Two to three runners are assigned to a racing chariot before each race. We like to say that the rider in that chariot “pulls” us through the race and across the finish line!

Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas is currently recruiting Angel Runners of all paces and Rider Athletes for the Hogeye Half Marathon on April 14.  If you believe you have what it takes to be an Angel Runner, please register at http://ainsleysangels.org.  Click Arkansas and then click Fort Smith (Fort Smith is where Arkansas’ Ambassadorship is located). Athlete Riders may also register on this site.

Registration is free and provides each Angel Runner and Athlete Rider with insurance during our events. Angel Runners will only be asked to make a small donation to cover the cost of the Ainsley’s Angels Tech Shirt to wear during our races ($25).

If you have not registered for the Hogeye Half Marathon, we have discount codes for Angel Runners and a code to waive the registration fee for Athlete Riders.

If you have any questions, please contact Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas’ Ambassador Jarrett Banks at 252-414-9229 or at nwarkansas@ainsleysangels.org.

To learn more about Ainsley’s Angels of America, watch the following introductory video:

 

 

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Angel Runners Needed for the Little Rock Half Marathon

Ainsley’s Angels of America is rolling in 30 states and 50 cities, but we are brand new to Little Rock! Our mission is pure and simple: INCLUSION and JOY! We pair Angel Runners with Athlete Riders (children and adults with developmental disabilities) in endurance events. Two to three runners are assigned to a racing chariot before each race. We like to say that the rider in that chariot “pulls” us through the race and across the finish line!

Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas is currently recruiting Angel Runners of all paces and Rider Athletes for the Little Rock Half Marathon on March 4.  If you believe you have what it takes to be an Angel Runner, please register at http://ainsleysangels.org.  Click Arkansas and then click Fort Smith (Fort Smith is where Arkansas’ Ambassadorship is located). Athlete Riders may also register on this site.

Registration is free and provides each Angel Runner and Athlete Rider with insurance during our events. Angel Runners will only be asked to make a small donation to cover the cost of the Ainsley’s Angels Tech Shirt to wear during our races ($20).

If you have not registered for the Little Rock Half Marathon, we have discount codes for Angel Runners and a code to waive the registration fee for Athlete Riders.

To learn more about Ainsley’s Angels of America, watch the following introductory video:

If you have any questions, please contact Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas’ Ambassador Jarrett Banks at 252-414-9229 or at nwarkansas@ainsleysangels.org.

Jarrett will be in Little Rock February 5-7 to meet new Athlete Riders for short training runs. All runners are welcomed to join us!

 

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Ainsley’s Angels Helps Runner Suffering with ALS with Wheelchair Accessible Van

This is a story of TOGETHER WE SHALL.

Kelvin Reid, an ultra runner from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been diagnosed with ALS, created a GOFUNDME page with the following request:

I have been diagnosed with ALS. I got to the stage I need  to be in a wheelchair. The only problem with this is it’s a power wheelchair, and right now I’m house bound, because I have no way of transporting it. So, if you can please donate any amount it would be appreciated. It would be awesome if I could get a wheelchair accessible van.

Amber Herman, an Angel Runner from Enid Oklahoma, saw the request on Facebook and tagged me in the post asking if I knew anyone though Ainsley’s Angels in Tulsa who might be able to help Kelvin

Knowing that Tulsa was working very hard to raise money to purchase equipment for their new ambassadorship, I was reluctant to tag the Tulsa Ambassador in the post. However, I tagged away: “Janna Self Sugg???”

Jana called me a day later: “Jarrett, I don’t know how I can help raise enough money to buy a van, but I wanted to do something. So, I got in touch with Kelvin and signed him us as an Athlete Rider! I know Kelvin misses running and the race experience; so hopefully, Ainsley’s Angels can give him some joy as he deals with this dreadful disease. I will also share his GOFUNDME page on Facebook.”

The next day, I received a text message from Jana:

Jana:

My Aunts are giving Kelvin my late grandmother’s wheelchair accessible van!!!!!!!!

Jarrett:

OMG

I knew I tagged the right person in that post!

Jana:

God’s work!!!!

Jarrett:

With all the hate in this world, it is so good to know that there are some very good people doing the work of God!

Jana:

Kelvin is in shock and so excited!!  All he has to do is take a road trip to Tuscan to pick it up.  And my aunt is thrilled too – she’s been holding onto the van waiting for the right opportunity and when she saw my post with Kelvin’s go-fund-me, she knew this is it!

AMEN – I’m so excited!!!

Jarrett:

Crazy good!!

Can he get to to Tuscan?

Jana:

Yes, he has an awesome wife and lots of friends, doesn’t seem worried about that at all.  My aunt suggested he use the money he’s raise (almost $800) to get tag/tax and possibly new tires.  It has been sitting for almost two years since grandma died so the tires might need replaced.  otherwise it is in perfect shape.  she was in her 80s and hardly ever got out.  my aunt wants Kelvin to donate it to someone else in need when he no longer needs it.

Jarrett:

Incredible!!!

Jana:

it is only 6-7 years old but very few miles on it.  she drove the church and the zoo and that was about it.

 

TOGETHER WE SHALL!

 

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Ainsley’s Angels in Arkansas’ First Race of 2018 Is January 20

TEAM LARA, TEAM SETH, TEAM BRETT, TEAM HEATHER, TEAM BARRETT, TEAM LANDIN ready to Roll with the Wind Around Shadow Lake in Greenwood January 20 in the Amelia’s Gift 5k. The race begins at 9:00 am.

This will be Ainsley’s Angels of Arkansas’ first race of 2018, a year where plan to participate in the following races:

Fort Smith Marathon, February 11
Little Rock Half Marathon, March 4
Alma Dog Run 5k, Mar 10
Hogeye Half Marathon, April 14
Miles for Mutts, April 28
OKC Memorial Marathon, April 29
Lei Lei’s 5k, May 5
Law Enforcement Torch Run, May 22
Greenwood Freedom Fest 5k, July 4
St. Jude Fayetteville 5k, August 25
Paint Downtown Fort Smith Pink, September 27
Sparks Stampede, Van Buren, October 6
Survivors Challenge, October 20
Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC October 28
River Valley Run, November 3
Tulsa Route 66, Nov. 18
Greenwood Yule Run, December 8

If you see a race that you would like to participate in as an Angel Runner or as an Athlete Rider, please contact Jarrett Banks at nwarkansas@ainsleysangels.org or by phone 252-414-9229.

We are also in need of donations to purchase new equipment as we continue to recruit more Athlete Riders. Donations can be made here: https://www.crowdrise.com/AAinNWArkansas

 

 

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Rolling in Arkansas!

We are just getting started in Western Arkansas, having completed our third 5k on Nov. 4 in Fort Smith. Our goal is to participate in at least one race (5k, 10k, Half, Marathon) a month in the River Valley or Northwest Arkansas. There are five ways that you can help us to keep rolling in Arkansas to fulfill our mission of inclusion and joy.

  1. Recruit or Become an Angel Runner

    We need runners (any age and any pace as long as you can complete a 5k without walking). Runners check our website for upcoming races. If you are interested in being an Angel Runner for a particular race, simply contact Jarrett Banks at nwarkansas@ainsleysangels.org.

  2. Recruit or Become an Athlete Rider

    We need riders (any age as long as an exceptional need is present that prevents the rider from completing a 5k). Riders always participate in races for free. Medals are usually given after the race.

  3. Recruit or Become a Guardian Angel

    We need volunteers who want to help us with our mission. We need people to help with Thank You Notes, accounting of donations, fund-raising, maintenance of equipment, inventory, and transportation. We also need help in contacting race directors to receive permission to participate in upcoming races.

  4. Donate

    We need funds to purchase more chairs, an equipment trailer and merchandise that we sell or give to our Athlete Riders.

 

Please contact Jarrett at 252-414-9229 or at nwarkansas@ainsleysangels.org if you think you have what it takes to be an Angel! Our next scheduled race is the Tulsa Route 66 Half Marathon on November 19.