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How we started:
In 2018, our friend and former Ironman Nate Wigdahl, had recently become an amputee due to a devastating injury. He desperately wanted to start running again and we knew that we could count on Omaha's running community to help him achieve his dream. He knew that insurance wouldn't cover the cost of a running blade and he knew he had his work cut out for him. So Nate and a handful of buddies decided to host a 5K fundraiser, and called it The Blade 5K. The quickly put-together event was a huge success and Nate walked (er...ran) away from the event with the funds needed to purchase a new running blade and an even deeper desire to help other athletes overcome obstacles to living their best healthy lifestyle.
In 2019, The Blade 5K obtained 501c3 nonprofit status, and began holding monthly board meetings. The dedicated Board of Directors created a nomination process, so that other deserving athletes could apply to receive the proceeds from our race to pay for the (non-covered) cost of the specialized prosthetic. That July of 2019, The Blade 5K raised the funds needed to help our second recipient, Chris Meadows, get the blade he needed to get back to his healthy running lifestyle.
In 2020, the world threw us a curveball and we shifted our event from an in-person race, to a virtual format. We shattered our previous record, and raised enough funds to help 9 year old Nathan Leetsch get not one, but two running blades so he could achieve his dream of keeping up with his friends. The Blade 5K doesn't believe in limits very well, and after seeing the success of our first virtual event, we realized that the convenience of a virtual event actually helps more people!
This year, our board has adapted our mission to serve ALL adaptive athletes (including, but not limited to amputees). We are looking forward to hosting a dual event - one in-person event, or alternatively, a virtual option. We are determined to help yet another deserving athlete overcome any financial obstacles so they can live their best health lifestyle.
The 2021 Blade 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will be held in-person at Chalco Recreation Area on Saturday, July 10, and is also open to the world via our virtual option.
We look forward to seeing you there, whether here in Omaha, or whatever city you may be joining us from!
And as always, we are so grateful for your support.
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