Baltimore Sun: Disabled athletes shine in Baltimore Running Festival

October 13, 2012
Nine Kennedy Krieger patients and numerous staff formed the Institute’s inaugural team for the Baltimore Running Festival.

Erin Michael ran the relay race in the Baltimore Running Festival last year and saw a few disabled racers — but thought there could be more. The 29-year-old therapist at Kennedy Krieger Institute encouraged and then helped train nine patients who finished the race Saturday. Michael ran the 5K, then raced back a mile to watch her proteges.

"I was moved to tears during what was one of the proudest moments of my life," she said. "I saw several walking to the finish line and one rolling by on his bike. "Kennedy Krieger, which treats people with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, put together the festival's largest charity team with 208 racers, who raised nearly $90,000 to support future running participants with disabilities. Read more.