Excitement and fun at the 2nd Manresa Adapted Children’s Race with the participation of more than 50 children

More than 50 children with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities and autism participated in the 2nd Adapted Children’s Race held in Manresa, organised by AMPANS, together with the Manresa City Council, the Montserrat School of Sant Vicenç de Castellet and the UManresa-FUB.

The boys and girls ran distances of 20, 40 and 70 metres, as they chose, with four participants grouped by age, regardless of their abilities or the support needed for their participation. This is a race designed so that children with disabilities can live the experience and enjoy it at their own pace and with the necessary adaptations. Participants can choose, if they wish, a time slot with less sound stimuli, whether or not they want to wear a race bib or leave the race if they wish. In addition, a quiet space has been set up to guarantee the comfort of the participants during the activity, and services such as parking for families and adapted toilets have been provided.

The Adapted Children’s Races, which are already taking place all over Catalonia, were born from the initiative of a mother, joined by other families, groups and organisations, with the aim of promoting inclusion and adapted sport, as well as advancing towards equal opportunities for participation in the range of sporting and leisure activities on offer in the city.

On this occasion, AMPANS has worked together with the educational community of the territory. This year, the race organised by AMPANS and the Manresa City Council has counted on the collaboration of Marketing and Advertising students from the Montserrat School of Sant Vicent de Castellet, who have worked on the creation of the slogan of the race and the T-shirt “Attitude without limits, endless fun”. They have also been the driving force behind the search for race ambassadors, with actor and monologist Marc Buxaderas, and athlete Adnan Almousa, who have accompanied the race participants in the medal ceremony. The race also has the support and collaboration of the TEA Resource Centre, and has counted once again with the support of the “La Caixa” Foundation, Bonpreu and Forn Rovira, among others.

The second edition was held in the FUB4 and Upetita space, and included magic workshops by Màgic Pol, inclusive dance and sensory activities, to complete a morning full of excitement, illusion and smiles.