The morning of October 6th, several dedicated people arrived at MSJC bright and early to set up for DSAIE’s 2012 Buddy Walk and Fun Run. The runners started first with the 5K/10K and took off before the Buddy Walk event started. Race pictures can be found here and Race Results here
The runners crossed the finish line with smiles on their faces, either from the “runner’s high” or perhaps just joy at finishing the race. 🙂
At 9am we were ready to kick-off the Buddy Walk Event, however, some minor electrical problems set us back a few minutes. Thankfully some great people came to the rescue and saved the day.
We also had a celebrity show up! Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story stopped by and tried her luck on the mechanical bull.
Everybody had a lot of fun with the activities. Many were free, some cost tickets which were available for purchase. Some of the activities included: Art in Motion, bounce houses, train rides around the parking lot, a petting zoo, Heart Beats drum circle, Home Depot craft table, mechanical bull rides, and lots of carnival-type games. There was a caricature artist and we enjoyed lots of great entertainment by several dance troupes. And our DJ was awesome! The Lamia Knights also showed off their sword fighting skills to the delight of many.
The actual Buddy Walk commenced at 12:30pm. The Buddy Walk is an easy, one mile walk to accommodate all walkers. The teams and individuals walked across the red carpet and had their photos taken.
After the walk, Angelina and Adele held the raffle prizes drawings. Thanks to so many businesses who graciously donated to help make our Buddy Walk fun. Check out the sponsor page to support them as they support us. Some of the prizes included several bikes, helmets, tickets to dinners and museums, Disneyland tickets, zoo passes, In-n-Out Burger, toy packages, sessions of dance lessons, ear buds, Oakley sunglasses, and a whole lot more.
We finished off the event with the iPad presentations. This year we were able to present four iPads to Inland Empire individuals with Down syndrome. Everyone was invited to apply through our newsletter. Congratulations to the winners! Using the iPad to its fullest potential will change the lives of the people using it, from communication to education to writing skills to social stories and beyond.
Thanks to all who participated and we hope you had fun. We’ll do it again next year on October 26th, 2013.