27th Annual Wheels and Heels Rush on Festa - 5K Run/Roll and 1K Walk


Friday, July 18th, 2014 - Race start @ 6:55 pm


Now celebrating its 27th anniversary, The National Spinal Cord Injury Association S.E. Wisconsin Chapter is proud to announce this years Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa 5K Run/Roll and Walk to be held Friday, July 18th on opening night of Festa Italiana. Located on Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront, this exciting event consists of a one mile run walk and a 5K race. Awards will be given to all first, second and third place finishers in each age division in addition to the 5K wheelchair and hand cycling race! In addition to individual events there are also family and corporate team divisions! All participants will receive FREE admission into Festa Italiana that evening by wearing their race t-shirt. Register early and enjoy the early bird discount! This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 414-384-4022 or email our office at office@spinalcordwi.org. Thank you for your continued support.We look forward to seeing you at the race!

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s S.E. Wisconsin Chapter is an organization dedicated to serve others who become paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injuries or disease. The organization is involved in the development of systems of comprehensive care, treatment, rehabilitation and community living, which include functioning as advocates for independent living and advisors to peers and families of individuals with spinal cord injuries or diseases.

Ongoing Research
A portion of the proceeds generated through the Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa will be directed towards research efforts to help further the cause to find a cure for spinal cord injury. This research attracts the finest doctors and researchers in the world who deal with spinal cord injuries. Together, with the support of events like this, they are ever closer to unlocking the mysteries of spinal cord injury.

The Race
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s S.E. Wisconsin Chapter (NSCIA/SWC) created the Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa as a means of raising public awareness and generating money for research in a continuing effort to find a cure for paralysis.

All participants will receive a T-Shirt and free admission to Festa Italiana.

The 5k begins at the north end of the Festa Grounds, follows Harbor Drive to East Michigan Ave, proceeds east to the lakefront, then north along the seawall to Veteran’s Park. It then follows common walking paths that eventually circle the lagoon and head back south along the seawall to the original start.

The Rush on Festa and fun walk will take place on Friday evening, July 18th, 2014 at 7pm. Same day registration available starting at 5:00pm.

The race will take place at Milwaukee’s lakefront near the North entrance to Summerfest at the corner of East Michigan St. and North Harbor Drive.

Times & Events
5 - 6:30 pm Registration and race packet pickup
6:55 5k wheelchair / handcycling race
7:00 5k run
7:05 Fun walk/casual wheelchair

Race Divisions (5k runners only)
14 & under     35 - 39      60 - 64
15 - 19           40 - 44      65 - 69
20 - 24           45 - 49      70 - 74
25 - 29           50 - 54      75 - 79
30 - 34           55 - 59      80 plus

Individual Awards / 5k
5k Runners
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd place male & female in each age division will each receive medals

5k Wheelchair
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd place male & female para & quad and 1st place male & female
(under 14) will each receive medals.

5k Handcycling
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd place male & female
will each receive medals.

Team Awards / 5k

• 1st place team receives a traveling trophy. The 2nd & 3rd place teams each receive a plaque.
• Team times will be based on the combined times of the top (3) finishers of each team.


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help provide critical services and aid to people with
spinal cord injuries.

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Upcoming events hosted
by NSCIA-SWC (check back soon for more information):

Wheels & Heels - July 18
Annual Picnic - Sept tbd