NSL 2017: Run With Someone Special

04/28/2017 Posted by Ateneo SPEED | Highlights

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Run With Someone Special

It’s as if the DC and Marvel universes conspired to allow NSL 2017 to run as smoothly and successfully as it did last April 2, 2017.

As Ateneo SPEED welcomed the month of April, its biggest project yet, No Speed Limit: Run With Someone Special was held. After a short hiatus, No Speed Limit is back, and is now held inside the Ateneo de Manila University.

 

An NSL participant wearing his NSL 2010 shirt

An NSL participant wearing his NSL 2010 shirt

Tagged as #NSL2017, No Speed Limit is a benefit run that aims to foster a more inclusive society for persons with special needs (PWSNs) by raising awareness and encouraging the participation of individuals from inside and outside the Ateneo. It aims to show that PWSNs have no limits–they are productive, effective, and a joy to be with. This year, the project’s beneficiary is Project TEACH: Project Therapy, Education, and Assimilation of Children with Handicap, a community-based program that caters to indigent youth with disabilities.

 

The youth at Project TEACH

The youth at Project TEACH

In the said event, participants were able to join in the 3K, 5K, and 10K categories. The 10K run began at around 5:30 in the morning, while the 5K and 3K started fifteen and thirty minutes after, respectively. Blue Eagles Isaac Go, Shaggy Allmond, and Kris Porter led the warm ups.

 

National athlete Nikko Huelgas, who placed 1st in the 10K category

National athlete Nikko Huelgas, who placed 1st in the 10K category

 

Ateneo Philosophy professor Dr. Oscar J. Bulaong being given a drink of water during the race

Ateneo Philosophy professor Dr. Oscar J. Bulaong being given a drink of water during the race

Adorable 3K NSL participants showing their wonderful smiles

Adorable 3K NSL participants showing their wonderful smiles

 

PWSNs from SPEED’s partner areas were also given the chance to join in the fun through the Buddy Walk, a category where they are able to walk (or run) with the NSL runners.

Buddy Walk participants

Buddy Walk participants

 
Participants were also given the chance to pledge for sensitivity in the Speak Out booth.

The project team and volunteers surely had to sacrifice a lot of their time and energy for this project, but seeing how fulfilled the participants were, and how successful the event was, I’m pretty sure it was all worth it. And if we’re being consistent with NSL 2017’s superhero theme, at the core of this project is to make us all realize that, indeed, we can be heroes in our own little ways. Whether it be by championing PWSN rights, advocating for a more inclusive society, or the act of simply trying to understand and engage with those who most of society deem “different”, there is humility and compassion–those that make the heart of a true hero–in each one of us.