Heber Half

Run For Autism Awareness

The Heber Half Run for Autism is an event that brings the community together in love and support toward those who have autism or know someone with autism.

Imagine Never Hearing Your Child Say, ‘I Love You.’

For Bryan’s mom, that was a real concern. Bryan wasn’t speaking and couldn’t maintain eye contact with others. After being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bryan began treatments with Kids On The Move’s Autism Center. Now, Bryan can point, use simple sign language, and even say a few words. Bryan’s first full sentence was trying to say, ‘I love you.’ To Bryan’s mom, that meant the world. “It brought tears to my eyes to hear my little boy, who I thought might not ever speak, verbalize an emotion as intense as love! He is making incredible progress in every area of development!”

Helping children like Bryan receive the support they need is why Kids On The Move partnered with Runtastic Events to create the annual Heber Half Run for Autism. This incredible race was the first run in Utah solely dedicated to the cause of autism. The inaugural Heber Half in 2018 was a fantastic success with over 1,100 runners throughout the state of Utah participating. Since that first race, the Heber Half has grown to include participants from across the country eager to help us spread awareness and share our mission. Heber Half Run for Autism’s mission is to bring awareness and understanding to the general public and provide resources to individuals with autism. Proceeds benefit Kids On The Move’s growing Autism Center.

3, 2, 1, Run. . .

By participating in the third annual Heber Half this June, you can bring a change to the life of thousands of children with autism and their families. Whether you are a competitive runner looking for your next personal record or a group of casual runners looking to support incredible individuals with autism, the Heber Half Run for Autism is one to put on your calendar! The race includes a half marathon, 5K, and an all-abilities half-mile run.

The half marathon — a fast, downhill course in the beautiful Heber Valley — is an excellent chance for runners to break their personal records while racing for a cause. The 5K is a family-friendly course, accepting both children in strollers and those wanting to run at a different pace. The All Abilities half-mile is perfect for those of any age or ability. Participants can dedicate their race bibs to an individual with autism close to their heart. As a special treat, the participant medals are collectible puzzle pieces that interlock over four years of races to reveal a special message about autism. The Heber Half even has a ‘Virtual Race’ option for individuals who would like the opportunity to receive race medals from past years.

The Heber Half Run for Autism is an event the whole family will enjoy. With many finish line activities (including the legendary blue foam party, interactions with princesses and superheroes, food trucks, bounce houses, a sensory bead pool, and more), there is plenty of space for kids to play and cheer on the runners. Be part of the Heber Half Run for Autism and start a new family tradition that will be both fun and meaningful.

Event date: Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  Learn more information at heberhalf.com

I am a stubborn individual. Many times I have pondered whether this character attribute is, in fact, a virtue or a vice. I can see how being persistent in certain circumstances has led me to personal success. I can also see instances where my refusal to alter a course has brought unnecessary hardship to my life. I suppose the answer lies somewhere within the fabled words of Kenny Rogers in that you need to “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.”

Life is a gamble these days. The status quo that we knew — even one year ago — no longer exists. The paradigm is shifting to an undefined end. In our current social, political, and economic environment: victories are most often rewarded to those with the most flexibility. However, change is intimidating; and just like a game of cards, making the wrong choice can set you back farther than where you started. The weight of deciding how and when to change any variable of your life can be paralyzing. How does one determine when it is most prudent to stay the course or make a change?

Start by prioritizing regular time for personal introspection. Quiet and meditative time can open windows into your deeper self. I believe that there is a light within our consciousness that (being unaffected by all things temporal) can help us see how things are instead of how they appear. All you have to do is slow yourself down and detach from the world enough to catch a glimpse of that wisdom and light.

Ponder your situation and derive an implementable solution. There is little good in taking on problems that are outside of your sphere of influence. I turn to the oft-quoted ‘Serenity Prayer’ when mitigating stress or anxiety created by things that “I cannot change.”

God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr, American Theologian, 1951

Sins of omission are real. With that stated: it is imperative to recognize that you, as an individual, have little to no control over certain things. Understanding this will help in prioritizing what an implementable change is and what it is not. If the ailment is something that you cannot do anything about — emotionally letting go of that thing could be the exact change needed to find your center again.

When looking to make the world a better place, it is imperative to get your foundation in order first. Make those changes in your own life that will allow you to be a shining example to others first. If you can define your unique personal values: you develop a base of support that will enable you to share yourself with others.

Strength and leadership principles originate in the home. The next place to implement change is at the family level. Strive to create harmony within the relationships that matter most. When outside personal and professional networks see a caring and confident human being with all of their personal affairs in order — they will be more inclined to hear your message.

My challenge to the Heber Valley is to make 2021 a better year than it’s predecessor. We have virtually no control over natural disasters, disease, or pestilence. We may not have much influence at the Federal or State levels of government. However, every individual CAN make changes that will affect their strength and happiness. You can choose to find gratitude in an environment ripe with fear and disaster. We can all positively influence those people that we interact with daily. That is within our control.

Thank you for supporting Heber Valley Life magazine. We live in the best mountain community in the American West. It is my genuine pleasure to highlight those that make it so every season of the year.