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ARC run benefits Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries

From left, Shayne Helm, Van McKeon and David Williams run down the final stretch of the Arlington Runners Clubs Walk-n-Roll Run Saturday, March 31 a benefit for the Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries. -
From left, Shayne Helm, Van McKeon and David Williams run down the final stretch of the Arlington Runners Clubs Walk-n-Roll Run Saturday, March 31 a benefit for the Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries.
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ARLINGTON Almost 175 participants joined the Arlington Runners Clubs Walk-n-Roll event on the Centennial Trail Saturday, March 31.
Co-hosted by Smokey Point Community Churchs In His Image Special Needs Ministry to benefit the Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries, the event involved more than 100 volunteers, as well.
In its second year of planning runs in the Arlington area to benefit different community organizations, the Arlington Runners Club joined up with the church on this particular event, according to Lindy Couch, of In His Image ministry.
Eagle Wings DisAbility Ministry of Marysville had the vision for this, Couch said. Kinder Holdaway and Henk Wapstra approached Arlington Runners Club and Smokey Point Community Church.
The idea to offer a run for people in wheel chairs was done in the spirit of the Special Olympics, Couch said.
We wanted to spur on those with special needs as athletes and provide an opportunity for people of many abilities to join in friendship as we walked, rolled or ran the Centennial Trail of Arlington, Couch added.
SPCC asked the Village Community Service band Voices of the Village, with Jon Dalgarns Out of the Ashes to perform at the event and hot dogs were served with all the condiments along with chips, popcorn, soda, water, orange and apples, all donated by Haggens and Safeway.
Jeri Rhoads volunteered as first-aid station nurse and County Sheriff and State Patrol volunteers helped guard intersections.
Its basically a forum for everyone to challenge their own fitness goals.
Couch said it was her idea to use the Centennial Trail in Haller Park, partly in an effort to support downtown businesses.
It is our desire not to focus on what any of us cannot do but rather on what we can do, Couch said.
Couch was assisted by Sue Robinson, Marilyn Baker and Sharon Milan of In His Image.
In His Image support group and ministry is committed to reacing out to individuals families and caregivers impacted by different abilities. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at SPCC, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington
We wanted to celebrate our God-given differences, as well as provide awareness among our communities.
Eagle Wings serves the North Puget Sound area by offering friendship and relational support to persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Its a non-profit organization funded by the private sector with gifts from individuals, churches, businesses, service clubs and foundations.
Financial supporters include Gaylord Security Systems, Jon and Bev Hatfield of Remax Signature, Event Point, and Smokey Point Community Church.
The ARC run raised approximately $300 for Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries.
The next ARC run is the Gleneagle Fun Run June 9. For information call Greg at 360-435-3409 or see the Web site at www.arlingtonrunnersclub.org.

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