GAITHERSBURG, MD – October 16, 2013– Transforming lives through healthy living and running has always been the number one goal at Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg. Each year hundreds of runners and walkers embark on a journey with Fleet Feet Sports towards a goal; whether that goal is to run their very first 5K or to finally muster the strength and courage to tackle the 26.2-mile test of physical endurance and mental fortitude.
At Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg, we’ve seen men and women, who never in their wildest dreams imagined they could run a 5K, cross finish line after finish line. We’ve seen program members lose substantial weight and gain loads of self-confidence along their journey, but a program that has touched our hearts is our Wednesday morning 5K Training Group.
Each week at 10 a.m. smiling faces from The Arc of Montgomery County, the leading provider of lifelong educational, residential and vocational support programs for those affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities, arrive eager to take to the streets of the Kentlands. The Arc students are a small, yet important portion of the Wednesday morning Training Program; this helps to create a beneficial inclusive learning atmosphere for them to grow.
This past summer training season, we had the privilege to train and watch as five Arc students made the 10-week journey to the finish line of the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K on Saturday, August 31st.
Training Program Director, Karen Craney has loved having the opportunity to work with The Arc program, “Working with the [group] has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had since coming to work at Fleet Feet. They have grown, not only physically as athletes, but as individuals in their interactions with the other participants and even with our store associates. Seeing them cross the finish line was an absolutely wonderful sight!”
On Monday, October 21st co-owners of Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg, Chris and Robyn Gault will receive the Community Leader Award for Fleet Feet Sports’ support of The Arc of Montgomery County.
Chris and Robyn Gault often walk and participate in the training program with the students, and doing so has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Chris elaborated, “Being able to help transform lives was a major motivating factor when opening Fleet Feet Sports. The addition of The Arc program several years ago has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding parts of our job.”
The award will be presented to Chris and Robyn Gault at a recognition reception at the Rockville Executive Office Building.