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KPF is Hitting the Pavement Running in 2016


Before we begin our regularly scheduled blog post, Brent and I, as well as the rest of the Kyle Pease Foundation, would like to take a moment to offer our sincerest sympathies to Major Kim "Rooster" Rossiter, his family and the entire Ainsley's Angels of America family following the loss of their daughter and inspiration to so many, Ainsley. Ainsley left us all earlier this week and will be forever missed. Please take a moment and think of this incredible little girl and then go hug your child and all those close to you. Life is fleeting and we need to experience the joy brought to us at every possible moment. RIP, Little Angel.
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Last week Brent and I kicked off our 2016 season in Augusta, GA at the Dr. Seuss is on the Loose 5 and 10 K. This of course makes me want to do the next part of the blog in Dr. Seuss type rhyming.
 
Six K-Peasey athletes ran and ran,
But did not eat Green Eggs or Ham.
They participated in the Seuss 10K
We'll save this rhyme for another day.
 
Our Augusta family really loved the fact that we traveled down there and they were absolutely the hostess with the mostest.  It was great to get our wheels back on the pavement after a couple winter months of hibernation. 
 
Next, we are gearing up for Charles Harris 10K this weekend in Atlanta, followed by one of my favorites, The Publix Half Marathon.  We have more than twenty athletes signed up so far and there is still time to get involved both either as an athlete or as a pusher.
 
This is the five year anniversary of the Kyle Pease Foundation so we have a lot of things planned for the foundation, personally and for all KPeasey athletes. We are VERY excited about everything that is going on.
 
Please let us know about races in tour area as the foundation can travel and support races around Georgia and the southern region. Where There's a Wheel;  There's a Way, I've been know to say. This helps us to involve athletes from all over and to share our message with a wider audience. We are also able to speak to schools, businesses and civic organizations, so please let us know if you have a contact we can connect with.
 
Earlier this month, Brent and I were honored at the Georgia House of Representatives by Representative Pat Gardner. The House gave us a resolution for all of our hard work with the disabled in the Atlanta area. Representative Gardner purchased a book for every member of the house. We received a standing ovation from members of the House. Quite a moment.

March is Disability Awareness month so many local schools are doing programs in March surrounding the event. As I said earlier, if your school is planning something, please let's discuss bringing Brent and I to the school.

Lastly, don't wait to sign up for the Jake Vinson Family Grant. The application can be found on our newly designed website at www.kylepeasefoundation.org.

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KPF Announces Some Really Exciting Stuff

We are entering our most exciting and perhaps my favorite time of the Kyle Pease Foundation year as we are about to announce two incredible opportunities for those who are associated with KPF. 

In the words of some really smart person, "Tis better to give than to receive" and we are excited to give the 2nd Annual Pease Family Grant. Last year we loved the feeling of awarding the Bates Family of Fort Worth TX our first such award in which we presented Sean and Steve with an adaptive bike to use in enhancing their race experience together. This year we hope to duplicate the experience by presenting a lucky recipient or their family a piece of adaptive race equipment (bike, chair or boat) to offset the costs of improving their opportunity to "wheel". 

The Kyle Pease Foundation strives to be more than simply a team of racers but more so a resource to help others enjoy the experience. Whenever we are able to assist in defraying the costs associated with adaptive racing we try to do so. The Annual Pease Grant is one such way we make racing possible for those families who need a helping hand. In order to be considered for this year's grant please email us at walkingwithkpeasey@gmail.com and tell us why you would like to be considered. 

The second opportunity we want to encourage racers to take advantage of is to join us at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC during the weekend of October 23-26. Nothing is more exilerating than running 26.2 with Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, the Pentagon, the White House and other historical landmarks in the rear view mirror. We currently have six of our ten race bibs still available for the People's Marathon where we join forces with "Push America" to make a powerful statement. Last year we joined Push America, Team Hoyt, Ainsley's Angels and myTeam Triumph in a powerful show of inclusion at the beginning of this very prestigious race. This year we hope to increase this show by sending ten teams to the Nation's capital. KPF will again offset costs of race entry, hotel, food and travel for those teams who raise the funds necessary to compete. Again email us at walkingwithkpeasey@gmail.com to secure your bib. 

Our next official race is only a month away at the Virginia Highlands Summerfest 5K on June 7th. This is an exciting race and we would love to show up in full force. Whether a first time KPF-er or a grizzled veteran, we would love for you to become involved. The 5K Race starts at 8 AM near  the intersection of Virginia Ave and N Highland Ave,  runs through scenic neighborhoods and ends near John Howell Park. It is truly one of our favorite 5K's of the year. 

That is of course followed up a month later by the Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July. We have some very exciting news regarding this race, so stay tuned for our upcoming posts. 



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