SOAR! to host spirit-filled 5K and mile walk

Bob Thomas with SOAR! participant Susan Weidokal

For 13 years, SOAR! (Sports Opportunities & Active Recreation) has provided recreation and wellness activities for adults with developmental disabilities. From bocce ball and mall walks to dancercize, aerobics, bowling, indoor/outdoor games and baseball, SOAR! offers activities year-round in six-week sessions at locations in western Cuyahoga County. Each activity is hosted in an environment of kindness, caring, love and mutual respect.

On Saturday, May 13, at 11:00 a.m., SOAR! will celebrate the lives of two people who embodied the SOAR! mission with a spirit-filled 5K and mile walk. Bob Thomas (formerly of Thomas & Thomas Photography) was a long-time volunteer, and Jim Leisz was a beloved and avid bocce ball participant, "Razzle Dazzle" performer and SOAR! cheerleader. We lost these two friends last year and the 2017 “SOAR! Spirit Walk” is dedicated to their example and friendship. 

The walk will begin at the pavilion near the near the South Mastick Picnic Area in Fairview Park (three miles north of the Rocky River Nature Center on Valley Parkway). The wheelchair route will start on the all-purpose path at the same time. 

Registration fees are $10 before May 10. T-shirts and medals for all participants will be available on walk day. A picnic and music will top off the event.

You can register for the walk or learn more about SOAR! by registering at: or by contacting Scott Montgomery at 440-327-6454.

Please join us as we walk to celebrate Bob and Jim’s contributions, friendship and spirit!

Stacy Windahl

Stacy Windahl resides in Bay Village.

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