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Unconventional 5K to Benefit Achilles International Conn. Chapter
Hop, Skip and Run Sunday with Half Full Brewery
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Stamford, CT | Added on June 27, 2014 At 03:13 PM

Some live their life always seeing the glass half full.

"We try to build sort of a brand ideology around this concept of being half full and seeing the glass half full," said Jordan Giles, chief beer organizer at Half Full Brewery.  

It's this optimism that's driving Half Full Brewery in Stamford, not just as a brand, but as a way of giving to others.  

"We wanted to do something that was unique," said Giles.

The brewery is hosting it's first Hop, Skip and a Run 5k race that's supporting the Achilles International Connecticut Chapter.  The nonprofit organization partners able-bodied runners with disabled athletes and "enables people with all types of disabilities to compete in mainstream athletics," according to its website.   

"These athletes are disabled and they want to still participate in athletic endeavors.  They literally see the glass half full," said Giles.  

The course begins at Harbor Point, continuing down the boardwalk and through Kosciuszko Park, but this isn't any ordinary race.  

"We came up with this idea that you could hop and skip a portion of the race and actually run the rest of it," said Giles.  "We don't really see what they have to go through to participate in these events so adding this kind of unique element where racers are going to hop and skip, it kind of shows them what some of these guys have to go through to compete."

Mike Carozza, owner of Carozza Fitness in Stamford says it's a cause close to his heart.  

"My business is kind of built on working with people with disabilities," said Mike Carozza.  "I also have a daughter that was born with one hand so that was one of the main, not the main reason, but it was definitely a big plus for me to support a cause like that."

Carozza Fitness is participating with a team of 15 athletes.  Giles says 50% of event proceeds will be donated to the organization.  

Following the brewery's 5k is a festival featuring its beer and local food trucks.  One-hundred percent of beer sales will also go directly toward Achilles, and even if you're not running, the festival is open to the public.  The run begins at 12 and the festival begins at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.  Visit http://halffullbrewery.com/ to find out more.  

Visit http://achillesct.org/ to find out more about the Connecticut chapter of Achilles International.

 


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