Ainsley's Angels hosting first Huntsville run

The non-profit group makes sure everyone can participate in endurance events, despite any disability.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 11:14 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 5:42 PM

Running for a special cause and helping people with physical disabilities, that's the mission of Ainsley's Angels.

On Saturday, the local chapter is hosting 'Rolling in the Rocket City,' their first sponsored run in Huntsville.

"Just over joyed that he's apart of something and everybody has the same chance to be involved," said Heather Hutton.

The Hutton family was one of the first to become involved with the local chapter of Ainsley's Angels around 3 years ago.

Their 5-year-old son, Anthony, participates in almost every run with the group.

" What happens when you run? We go super fast," said Anthony, an Ainsley's Angels rider.

Ainsley's Angels operates nationwide, in 30 states and 50 cities.

The runners, who volunteer their time, make sure anyone can participate in any endurance event, now matter their physical limitations.

"We call it a family because everything is really personal and everyone really bonds. There is a place for everyone," said Mitch Tiffany, the North Alabama Ambassador for the group.

Locally the group has 24 riders and 60 pushers who participate in different runs throughout the year.

"I tell a lot of people that we don't have to run, we get to run and to see their faces crossing the finish line, I'll get choked up talking about it, it's just an awesome thing," said Holly Keeton, an Ainsley's Angels runner.

Keeton says the thought that everyone is included makes her push on.

"Anyone can cross the finish line, that's the truth of the matter," added Keeton.

The group is hoping more riders and runners will join them, so they can impact more families like the Hutton's.

"They support and love each other just like a family would," added Heather Hutton.

You can still register for the run on Saturday. It starts at Aegis Technologies Group in Research Park. If you want to register to run the on Saturday, organizers ask runners to show up around 6:30 AM.

Today, runners can register at Fleet Feet Sports from noon until 6 PM.

For more information on Ainsley's Angels, visit https://ainsleysangels.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/AAinAlabama/

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