By Jessica Hoover
The Indiana Parkinson Foundation is hosting the Choose to Move 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Sept. 15 at Witten Park, 13256 Saxony Blvd. The run and walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a celebration at the finish line until noon. The after-race celebration includes a band, snacks, a kids’ zone with carnival games and more.
All proceeds benefit the Indiana Parkinson Foundation and one of its main initiatives, The Climb exercise program, which provides physical exercise and activities to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. Some of the programs available to The Climb members are BIG Movement classes, PWR! classes, Postural Therapy and Balance classes, yoga, dance, massage therapy, speech therapy and weight training.
Indiana Parkinson Foundation Program Director Kim Williams said because people with Parkinson’s struggle with rigidity, The Climb classes helps loosen muscles to make movement easier. She said the classes not only help physically but also emotionally and mentally.
“With a diagnosis like Parkinson’s, it tends to be a very isolating disease,” Williams said. “So, I think that being involved with a program like The Climb, being in that positive environment versus being isolated and becoming depressed, it brings people together. They are dealing with the same disease, and it forms a family and a community of people that can support one another.”
Registration is $35 for the 5K run and $30 for the 1-mile walk. To sign up for the Choose to Move race or to donate to the Indiana Parkinson Foundation, visit runsignup.com/Race/IN/Fishers/ChooseToMoveRace.