14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel Raises Nearly $53,000 For Adaptive Athletes | MedStar Health

14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk and Wheel Raises Nearly $53,000 For Adaptive Athletes

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Wheelchair athletes compete in the 14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel

McLean, VA – Oct. 3, 2017 — The 14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel held on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Sport & Health in Tysons Corner, VA,  raised nearly $53,000 which benefits the adaptive sports athletes with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRN). Proceeds from the race assist the Network’s sports teams which include wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, handcycling, sled hockey and more, in traveling to tournaments, purchasing new equipment and uniforms.

This year’s race, attended by a record 311 runners, walkers and wheelers, helps former MedStar NRN patients and those in the community to participate in various adaptive sports, and also allows anyone with a disabling condition or disability to attend fitness classes held at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C., and in Northern Virginia. Those who attend the fitness classes can use the equipment that patients use for therapy in a wide open gym and take part in activities all in an effort to stay active, fit and healthy.

“We sincerely appreciate all of the generosity of our sponsors and those who attended this year’s race,” said Joan Joyce, director of recreation therapy and community relations for MedStar NRH. “Our adaptive athletes are very grateful for all of the support they receive as well as those coming for our fitness classes. It really means a lot to everyone.”

MedStar NRN thanks all of this year’s race sponsors including: Volkswagen Group of America; Reyes Holdings; Darren Star Productions; SES; Streetsense; Tetra Tech; Gregorio’s; Greenhill; NuMotion; Hanger Clinic; Tri-Union Express; Progressions Salon; DPI Adaptive Fitness; District Amputee Care Center; ABC Home Medical; Dr. James Jelinek; Hollister; Stein Sperling Bennett DeJong Driscoll PC; Sport & Health Club of Tysons Corner; MetroLogo; and the Timmie Metz Band.

Category winners from this year’s race include:

  • 1st in Run/Female – Megan Heidt, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Run/Male – Joseph Baremore, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Handcycle/Female – Anne Hilliard, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Handcycle/Male – Anthony Caparella, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Wheelchair/Female – Margaret Redden, Arlington, VA
  • 1st in Wheelchair/Male – Bryce Doody, Rockville, MD


Complete race results can be found here.

Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel, is an annual race which was started by Harry and Renie Freedman. Harry, a former patient with MedStar NRN, lost his leg in a workplace accident many years ago. An avid athlete, Harry wanted to give back and help those in the community stay active through adaptive sports programs such as the ones MedStar NRN offers.

Next year’s race will take place in the fall of 2018.

If you were not able to attend this year’s race, but would still like to make a donation, go to: MedStarNRH.org/SuperH5K 

Click on the ‘Make An Online Gift’ button at the bottom. Be sure to indicate your donation is for the Super H 5K. Check donations should be sent to:  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/102 Irving Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20010. Please write Super H5K on the MEMO line so we can make sure your donation is designated to our Adaptive Athlete Program.

If you are interested in sponsoring next year’s race contact Joan Joyce at 202-877-1420 or email joan.p.joyce@medstar.net.

For more information on the MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports Program, go to: medstarnrh.org/adaptivesports.

For photos of this year’s event click here  - Photo credit: Sharon Natoli


About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, D.C., and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

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