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Paint the Streets 5k and 1 Mile Walk

 

 




 

Paint the Streets 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk
July 26th, 2014
Huntsville, AL

About the Race:

The Paint the Streets 5k & Carlene Memorial Mile will be held on 26 July 2014 and will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) foundation’s spinal cord injury research. The race was created in honor of Carlene Hall who was an amazing woman who displayed uncommon faith and courage in the face of a debilitating spinal cord injury. Read more about Carlene Hall.

Our title sponsor is Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the race is directed by the Team Rocket Tri Club. Please visit all of our generous sponsors.

 

Race Location:

SAIC
6723 Odyssey Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35806

 

Registration

Online registration is closed as of 7/24/2013 but there is still one chance left to register at Fleet Feet in Huntsville between 10AM-7PM on Friday, 7/26/2013!

Registration is being conducted through imAthlete. Please click here to register. The cost structure is as follows:



  5K Individual 5K Team 1Mile Individual
Until April 30, 2013 $15 $15 $10
May 1 - July 24, 2013 $20 $20 $15
       



Contacts: Feel free to contact the race director, Jim Varnavas, for any additional information at  james.varnavas@gmail.com.

 

Information:

Our title sponsor is Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the race is directed by the Team Rocket Tri Club. Please visit all of our generous sponsors.

The 5k will begin at 7 am at SAIC and take place entirely in the research park area. The course is flat and fast with no appreciable hills. There are two aid stations that will have water and Gatorade. They will be located at approximately miles 1 and 2. Water and Gatorade will also be available at the Start/Finish area along with post-race food. The course map is available for download on the registration site and can be viewed here. Currently the course is not certified but plans are underway to certify the course prior to the race.

The 1 mile memorial walk is designed to provide a forum where everyone can participate even if they are not up to a 5k. The intent is to allow wheel chairs in the 1 mile event and perhaps in the 5k. The course is the same as the 5k course except you turn around at the 0.5 mile mark. The course map is available for download on the registration site and can be viewed here.

 

Course Maps:

 

      

 

Awards:

Awards will be given to the top three overall males and females and masters as well as the top three in each age group.

 

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About Carlene Hall:

Carlene Hall was a quadriplegic who painted using her mouth to hold the brush. She suffered a severe spinal cord injury in her home on October 8, 2005 that changed her life forever. She was paralyzed from the shoulders down since then. After her accident, she spent 17 days in Huntsville Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Carlene applied and was accepted to The Shepherd Center, a Catastrophic Care hospital in Atlanta, GA. She remained there for approximately two months. While at Shepherd, one of the rehabilitation/therapy activities involved learning to write and use a paint brush with her mouth. Carlene had been painting as a hobby since childhood and has always possessed a talent for creativity. She continued to express that talent when she returned home from The Shepherd Center.

Carlene was a mother of two beautiful daughters and a step-mother to two handsome sons. She had seven wonderful grandchildren. She was surrounded by a caring family and wonderful friends who helped her manage the many difficult challenges of life as a quadriplegic. Carlene took on challenges with a strong faith in God and a determination that was inspiring to everyone she came in contact with.

A close family member had the following to say about Carlene’s accident and how she dealt with it. “The accident has affected our lives in ways that will be with us forever. It has been a very difficult adjustment for the family and it seems that the one who handled it better than any of us was Carlene. Her faith grew stronger and stronger as time passed. She had come to terms with it and felt that God was using her to reach and inspire others.”

Carlene passed away on February 3, 2009. Carlene Hall was a vibrant woman of GOD; she overflowed with love for all those around her. She was a devoted mother, adored Nana, inspiring friend and a faithful Christian, always looking for a way to lead others on their path. She had a way of bringing joy to all those around he. As she endures the unthinkable, she adapted to her situation with a positive outlook, learning to keep life alive from a wheelchair. Carlene learned to paint by mouth allowing her mind to set her free. Carlene conquered fear, doubt, uncertainly, and grief. Carlene was the epitome of strength and courage and her final moments she held tight to her unwavering faith.

Two paintings she painted after her accident: