27 July 2017 • Runners and Others Invited to Support Services for Persons with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities at 2nd Annual State-of-the-Heart 5K benefiting Verland

Pittsburgh — Registration is now underway for participants to take part in the second annual State-of-the-Heart 5k Race/Walk benefiting Verland, which provides services for individuals with very challenging intellectual and physical conditions. The events will take place at Hartwood Acres, beginning 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Individuals or teams may run the 5k through the estate grounds. In addition to the 5K event, there will be a bounce house, lawn games, snacks, and entertainment for the younger athletes and spectators.  Other family-friendly activities on-site include raffles, balloon and caricature artists, face painting, and chair massages.

Registration fees are $35 for the 5k. Register online at: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/28697

Attila Domos is a Pittsburgh native and nationally known celebrity in the world of hand cycling competitions.  He is the Honorary Athlete at this years’ State-of-the-Heart 5K event.  A paraplegic from a falling accident, Attila has an amazing story of his unofficial attempt on the Guinness Book of World Records hand cycling record.  Attila will be traveling to California this Fall to officially set a new hand cycling world record.  Come and meet Attila and feel what it is like to operate a hand cycle! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3NyU2-PnbxQbGl4OTgxZVR1VHM/view?ts=58dd39b1

About Verland: Verland is a non-profit family of person-centered, community homes and services supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, many of whom have multiple physical challenges. In the nearly 40 years since its founding, Verland has grown to be one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest providers of services for people with severe disabilities. Proceeds of the race benefit the housing, medical care and rehabilitation needs of 257 individuals served by Verland’s 50 residential care facilities in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, and Mercer Counties. www.verland.org