Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile Celebrates 10 Years at Gate River RunBeyond Magazine
Jul 6, 2022
The Gate River Run (GRR) is the largest 15k race in the country, attracting more than 20,000 participants to Jacksonville, Fla., each year. Ten years ago, Alice Krauss, manager of the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program (ASRP), had a vision to make this race accessible to individuals of all abilities. The Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile, a one-mile event, was created to provide an option for athletes of all ages and abilities to participate with family and friends in this signature race.
Brooks ASRP participants were invited to walk it, jog it, wheel it or run it as a special event within their program. It quickly extended way beyond program participants. Registration has grown steadily through the years making this a day of fun, fitness and friendship for hundreds of individuals across the region.
Brooks patients unable to travel downtown for the race had the option to participate in mini versions at their locations. Both our Bartram Campus and our inpatient facility in partnership with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., participated.
“The Brooks Challenge Mile is a great celebration of all abilities working together and we love to see as many people on the course as possible,” said Alice Krauss, Manager of the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program (ASRP). “In addition to our athletes, patients have been using it as a goal in their recovery and will often participate with their therapists. I’m proud that Brooks has been able to provide this opportunity to anyone interested, free of charge, for 10 years now.”