POSTPONED TO 2021: Limb Loss Awareness 5k
For the health and safety of all event participants, the City of Kentwood and Hanger Clinic have decided to cancel the Limb Loss Awareness 5K race on Saturday, Aug. 22, and instead will look toward hosting the event on Saturday, April 24, 2021 to again coincide with Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Limb Loss Awareness 5K has quickly become a popular race and community-building event since inception in 2018. More than just a 5K race, this event's purpose extends beyond promoting health and wellness. The goals are truly three-fold: increase awareness of limb loss, build community and raise funds for Kentwood’s adaptive recreation programs.
The event has been well-attended the past two years, gathering people of all abilities together to share in an empowering experience. For many amputees, this event has been their first time participating in an organized race since the removal of a limb. It brings sponsors and advocates together to showcase new adaptive equipment, treatments and technology, as well as educate others on limb differences and amputation.
Under the current circumstances, that level of engagement just won’t be possible for us to facilitate safely – and the safety of our community remains extremely important to us. While we had hoped our region would move into Stage 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan at this point with outbreaks contained and allowances for larger gatherings, we’re not there yet. Because the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and restrictions on large group gatherings has continued, we are focusing our efforts on next year.Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this ever-evolving situation. We appreciate your support.