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World’s First Ironman with Down Syndrome Inspires Local Families to Run Apart for Down Syndrome

Chris Nikic, who will compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this Saturday, has encouraged Run Apart participants to empower people with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams, just as he has.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2021

CONTACT: Glen Hoos, Director of Communications – 604-444-3773 | glen@dsrf.org

World’s First Ironman with Down Syndrome Inspires Local Families to Run Apart for Down Syndrome

Burnaby, BC – For the second consecutive year, hundreds of people throughout the Lower Mainland will connect virtually this Sunday as they Run Apart for Down Syndrome.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation to find a creative way to reimagine its biggest annual fundraiser, Run Up for Down Syndrome. The event was renamed Run Apart for Down Syndrome, a COVID-proof virtual event that saw over 760 people across the Lower Mainland run through their local streets and parks to raise money and awareness. The Run was a fantastic success, with more than $200,000 raised in support of educational programs and therapy services for people with Down syndrome.

The virtual event returns on June 6 – this time, with the support of someone who has inspired the global Down syndrome community over the past year.

Last November, Chris Nikic became the world’s first person with Down syndrome to become an Ironman, completing the grueling 70.3 mile triathlon considered to be one of the most difficult athletic events. Chris’ incredible accomplishment drew worldwide attention and led to an invitation to serve as the Special Guest Race Ambassador for this year’s Run Apart for Down Syndrome.

Chris, who will compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this Saturday, has encouraged Run Apart participants to empower people with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams, just as he has.

“Anyone who wants to accomplish something great, you just have to be willing to be consistent for a couple of years and you can do amazing things,” he says. “The easiest thing to do is quit. The hardest thing to do is just keep improving every day. I used my dream to keep me going. If you want to do something big, then start by writing down a BIG dream and look at it every day. Never take your eye off your dream.”

Run Apart for Down Syndrome is presented by Eurorite, while Chris Nikic is presented by IGNITE Management.

To learn more about Run Apart for Down Syndrome and join in the fun, visit http://DSRF.org/RunApart. Follow @DSRFCanada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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