Later this month, hundreds of Californians will gather on the El Dorado Trail for the 4th Annual Gold Rush Fun Run to raise awareness of people with disabilities, and increase understanding of the vital programs INALLIANCE provides to the greater Sacramento area. INALLIANCE is a nonprofit organization that supports the independence, health and safety of people with developmental disabilities through community based programs. “We chose to host a fun run, because it brings together people from all walks of life in an inclusive activity,” says Executive Director of INALLIANCE Diana DeRodeff, “The best way to change stereotypes about people with developmental disabilities is to show how truly capable they are.”
Disability is peculiar word. We hear about it all the time, but what does it really mean? Is it a limitation, a condition, a disadvantage, a handicap? When a person has a disability they are immediately separated into a group outside of the norm. Because they are unable to do something, or because they must do that something differently, they get stamped with the word “disability” and suddenly they are seen in a different light. This separation increases dramatically, when a person has a developmental disability, because society doesn’t understand what it means.
For years, the stereotypes about developmental disabilities have kept thousands of people on the outskirts of society. They have been labeled as incompetent and kept from living, working and participating in their communities. While we like to think that these views are changing, there are still many stigmas and misinformation attached to developmental disabilities and the nonprofit organization INALLIANCE plans to change that.
INALLIANCE has advocated for people with developmental disabilities since 1952, and believes that given the right skills and support, all people are capable of success. “We have been providing work and life skills training, supported employment programs, and supported living services to people with developmental disabilities for 60 years, but there is still a lack of understanding about our programs,” says DeRodeff, “We believe educating the community directly will bring a greater awareness to INALLIANCE and the people we serve.” INALLIANCE staff and volunteers have kept the organization afloat during our unstable economic climate, but their program budgets have seen huge cuts and they hope to engage community support at the event.
The Gold Rush Fun Run features 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile courses along the El Dorado Trail that culminate in a finish line celebration with refreshments, music, awards, raffle prizes and wine & hard cider tasting following the races! The event goes from 8am to 11am and begins at the El Dorado Trail- County Trail Head off of Jacquier Road in Placerville. People if all ages are encouraged to participate, and well behaved dogs are welcome!
Registration is still open. If you are interested in participating in the event or volunteering, please visit www.goldrushfunrun.com or call 916-381-1300.