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Posted On: 8/31/2016

Paralympic Bound Runner Wins Martin Richard Mile
 
Paralympic Runner, Chaz Davis, Inspires Young Athletes at South Boston Charitable Run

BOSTON — Rio-bound Paralympic runner Chaz Davis won the 3rd Annual Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational in South Boston on Thursday, August 18.
 
Sponsored by Youth Enrichment Services (YES), the invitational took place at Saunders Stadium South Boston's Moakley Park and brought runners of all abilities together to celebrate the Boston running community. The event included youth 400-meter races, 1-mile open and seeded races, and a 1-mile non-competitive walk/run/roll. Adaptive races were offered at the invitational for wheelchair racers and runners with visual and mobile impairments. Chaz Davis, who is legally blind, was invited to run at the event alongside other adaptive runners from Adaptive Sports New England.
 
Boston non-profit, YES, organizes the annual Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational to honor the life of YES youth Martin Richard. Martin joined the YES Track & Field program at age 5 and tragically passed away in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Adaptive Sports New England, New Balance, and USA Track & Field partnered with YES to make the event a success. All proceeds raised at the invitational will benefit YES and the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation.
 
Chaz placed first in the 1 Mile Men's Seeded Race with a time of 4:28. Brad Mish of Dorchester, MA and David Chorney of Boston, MA placed second and third, finishing at 4:29 and 4:37 respectively. Following the race, Chaz spent time with YES youth answering questions, signing autographs, and posing for photos.
 
"It was an honor to have Paralympic runner Chaz Davis at YES's  3rd Annual Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational," said YES Executive Director, Bryan Van Dorpe. "He truly embodies the spirit of the event, showing our youth that people of all abilities and backgrounds can overcome challenges in their life to achieve their full potential. We look forward to cheering on Chaz when he represents the US in the Rio Paralympics in September."
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About Chaz Davis:  Chaz Davis grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. He has competed on the Grafton High School and the University of Hartford Track & Field teams. In 2012, Chaz was diagnosed with hereditary optic neuropathy and became legally blind. Overcoming the challenges put ahead of him, Chaz qualified for the US Paralympic Track & Field team in 2016. He will participate in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter races at the Rio Paralympics in September.

About Youth Enrichment Services (YES): Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has been serving the youth of Boston since 1968 by providing outdoor, sports-based, and leadership programs. YES serves over 1,600 youth annually through its three signature programs: Operation SnowSports, Outdoor Adventure, and the YES Academy.  Additional information about YES can be found at www.yeskids.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeskidsboston, Twitter: @yeskidsboston, and Instagram: @yeskidsboston.


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