Run, Walk, and Dash for Kids and Adults with Down syndrome:

GiGi’s Playhouse to host annual Superhero 5K, 1 Mile Walk, and Dash for Down Syndrome

Moline, IL, August 22, 2018  GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center will host the 2018 Superhero 5K run, 1-mile walk and Dash for Down syndrome on Saturday, October 6th. The annual family friendly event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf, IA.

While the 5K course is a timed event for competitive runners, this family friendly event is also a “fun run and walk” where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Youth activities will include a bounce house, temporary tattoos, and costume prizes. There’s also music, entertainment, and awesome raffle items! Costumes not required but encouraged or you can wear the superhero themed shirt you get as a registered attendee. Register before September 15th to ensure you get your shirt!

With close to 40 teams raising awareness and funds for local individuals with Down syndrome there will be approximately 800 people in attendance. Create your own team, become an event sponsor or join/donate to your favorite team. Your support will impact kids and adults who rely on GiGi’s Playhouse for free educational and therapeutic programs!

“Every year at this event, we see families forge new bonds of friendships and raise the bar for what their kids can achieve. We see children overcoming low-muscle tone in the Dash for Down syndrome. We see acceptance from community members and sponsors. And, we see people who just come to discover what GiGi’s Playhouse offers. It’s amazing to see them transform just by being there!”

 For information on the event, please visit  Individual and team donations along with all sponsorships will fund educational, therapeutic and career training programs at GiGi’s Playhouse. All programs are 100% free to Playhouse families.

GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, families and communities. GiGi’s is an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free programs that unleash joy, confidence and continuous improvement. Playhouses empower children and adults to achieve their “Best of All” and to pursue their dreams. Founded by GiGi's Mom, Nancy Gianni, in Hoffman Estates, IL, the organization now includes 38 community Playhouses including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 25,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from programs and support.

In helping individuals with Down syndrome, we work to address our larger vision of global acceptance for people of all abilities. Playhouse programs, marketing and PR campaigns, impact partnerships and community engagements aim to change society’s outdated perceptions by showcasing our participants’ skills, contributions and character. By breaking down barriers and changing the way the world accepts individuals with Down syndrome, we foster a daily mindset of acceptance and generosity for everyone.

For more information about free programs, volunteerism, impact partnerships, events, and many ways to support our families: please visit

Pam Lynch, Site Coordinator

GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

GiGi's Playhouse - Quad Cities, LLC

3906 38th Ave

Moline, IL 61265



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