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April 4, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's TRAILS program plans 5K run

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation department's Therapeutic Recreation: Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills program will host a volunteer service-learning "Trails for TRAILS 5K" fundraiser April 12.

The event will be hosted at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center with participants running on the wooded trails of the facility.

Event day registration opens at 8 a.m., with the 5K run starting at 9 a.m., and a 3K run at 9:15 a.m.

The TRAILS program promotes student learning about designing evidence-based therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Program's outcomes include transferable employment skills, communication and social skills, teamwork and decision-making through the modalities of sports, recreation, engagement games, equine-assisted activities, horseback riding, horticulture, music, art expression and aquatics.

The SRU program has been recognized by the national Autism Speaks organization with grant funding.

Race registrations submitted by today will receive a T-shirt and a $5 discount off the $20 day-of-event registration. Register via email at:

Proceeds will benefit TRAILS and Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.