Johnny's Run (Hosted by St Patrick Parnell Festival)

Ada, Michigan

Ada, Michigan

Fri 28th June 2024

3 races

Organiser's Description

Hi!  
My name is Johnny Agar and I’m the Race Director of the St. Patrick Parnell Festival 5K that is now named Johnny’s Run!  My cerebral palsy tried to prevent me from doing what I love. Being an athlete was something I had always wanted, but wheelchair sports were out of the question since I can only use one hand, and nobody wants someone on their team who can only spin in circles! 😊
Several years ago, my dad started pushing me in road races as a way for me to participate in sports. After doing several races with my dad, I knew I was capable of more after seeing athletes around me push themselves past their own physical and mental challenges. 
So, I decided to finish a race on my own two feet with the help of my walker even though I had only ever walked 23 steps! I accomplished my goal in 2013 at the Saint Patrick Parnell Festival 5k. It took me one hour and forty-five minutes to complete and it was an amazing accomplishment for me! 
That “Impossible Mile” has led to an abundance of blessings— one of which is being able to direct this traditional race that the Festival Committee agreed to dub now as Johnny’s Run (Hosted by St Patrick Parnell Festival)  It's quite an honor,  and I’m equally honored to be learning how to direct a race from one of the area’s best -- Mr. Tom Theoret, who was the race director for nearly 30 years growing the Irish Jig from a few hundred to the many thousand who run it today.    
I would love to invite you to participate with us in this family-friendly race that always kicks off the St Patrick Parnell Festival in Parnell, Michigan.
This year, we are excited because there will be TWO opportunities to participate...the Johnny's Run 5k & Johnny's Impossible Mile Challenge!

Races

  • Johnny's Run 5k (Hosted by St Patrick Parnell Festival)

    Fri 28th June 2024

  • Johnny's Impossible Mile Challenge and 5K Run

    Fri 28th June 2024

  • My Team Triumph 5K

    Fri 28th June 2024

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