Run, Walk & Roll

It’s time to get moving.

Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon is set to host its annual Run, Walk & Roll starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event offers participants the choice to run, walk or use their wheelchair to roll through the race routes.

There are three different race lengths that people can choose to participate in. There will be a one-mile, 5K and a 10K.

The event brings people together.

“The Run, Walk and Roll is a fun event to bring people together on the Village campus and have people of all abilities participating in a healthy event to their capabilities whether it be a one-mile walk or roll or a 5K or 10K run,” said Barry Whitsell, chief executive officer for the Village.

“To me what makes the Run, Walk & Roll special is you have hundreds of people coming together to support people with disabilities served at VNU and at the same time everyone has a great time and is interacting with one another and encouraging each other. It’s just a really fun time.”

In addition to the race event taking place in Sheldon, the Village has decided to offer its virtual Run, Walk & Roll again this year. The Village offered it for the first time last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We decided to have the virtual option again this year for a number of reasons. Some people may not be able to attend the Run, Walk & Roll on Saturday, Sept. 25, but they can still participate by doing the event virtually. Others may not live close to Sheldon to attend the event but they can still do it virtually,” Whitsell said.

The cost of the event is $35 and can be registration is online at villagenorthwest.org/events/run-walk-roll.

In addition to being a great way to get the community together, the event also gives people a chance to check out the Village.

“It is a chance to have the public come onto our campus and see the Village up close. It provides interaction between our residents and the general public and it promotes people of all abilities engaging in physical and health activity,” Whitsell said.

The best thing about the Run, Walk & Roll, in Whitsell’s opinion is witnessing all these people coming together reaching the finish line.

“Seeing the hundreds of people lined up for the start of the event and then seeing all the people crossing the finish line. Seeing the people cross the finish line is kind of symbolic and it’s an achievement and people celebrate crossing the finish line no matter if they ran, walked or rolled,” Whitsell said. “The other thing I enjoy is watching people encouraging each other on as they approach the finish line.”