Bee-utiful Sunflower Run Names Justine Chevalier Honorary Race Starter

May 2, 2024

750 Runners & Walkers will Kick-off Mother’s Day at Gilcrease Orchard

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – May 2, 2024 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Beyond Limits Running today announced Justine Chevalier, Site Manager of GiGi’s Playhouse Las Vegas LLC, has been named the Honorary Race Starter for the 3rd Annual Bee-utiful Sunflower Run. Justine will join 750 sunflower chasing community members on Mother’s Day by running or leisurely walking a 5K, 10K or 1-Mile Sunflower Fairy Stroll through Vegas’ iconic Gilcrease Orchard just as their sunflower fields hit full bloom at the 3rd Annual Bee-utiful Sunflower Run on May 12, 2024.

Stephanie and Ken Rubeli, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of Beyond Limits Running stated, “As J.R. Rim famously said, ‘Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.’ Despite having to stop start-up efforts to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to the Down syndrome community of Southern Nevada in 2020 due to the pandemic, Justine, along with a passionate board of diretors and community supporters did exactly what sunflowers do, they pushed through the dirt, determined to find the sun. On March 9, 2024, the community gathered with GiGi’s leardership team under sunning skies and just like sunflowers do when they finally bloom open, the field of supporters smiled as Gigi’s officially bloomed opened. In just over 60 days, nearly 550 individuals with Down syndrome, along with their families, have enjoyed free educational, therapeutic-based, and career development programs. Considering a pandemic hurricane didn’t stop this driven leadership team from brining GiGi’s Playhouse to Vegas , there’s no doubt Justine and the leadership team at GiGi’s will laugh-off whatever Mother Nature throws their way and always find the sun.

Justine Chevalier, Site Manager for GiGi’s Playhouse Las Vegas commented, “We are so excited to be a part of this beautiful day and walk along side such a great organization! We can’t thank Ken, Steph and Beyond Limits Running enough for helping us with our mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome and sending a global message of acceptance for all!”

Visit www.BeyondLimitsRunning.com to register for the 3rd Annual Bee-utiful Sunflower Run. Only registered participants are permitted to enter the Orchard during this capacity limited event. If space remains under the expected sold-out event, same day registration will be available.

About Beyond Limits Running:

Co-founded 12 years ago by Stephanie Rubeli, a double organ transplant recipient and her husband, Ken Rubeli, Beyond Limits Running (“BLR”) was formed to help runners of all abilities run way past their perceived limits by competing in running events. Ken is a former casino executive and retired CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. Currently, he serves as board president of Las Vegas-based Andson, Inc. Stephanie is a co-founder and board president of Phoenix-based Mindful Youth Foundation. Known for its over-the-top festive events, BLR produces the Beyond Limits Ultra Race, the Happy Hippie Harvest Run and the Bee-utiful Sunflower Run. BLR developed and sold the nationally recognized Jackpot Ultra Running Festival to Aravaipa Running. Learn more at www.BeyondLimitsRunning.com.

About GiGi’s Playhouse:

GiGi’s Playhouse (https://gigisplayhouse.org/) is the only international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, with over 50 brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse changes lives by providing free, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for individuals of all ages. From prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s makes a lifetime commitment to families. GiGi’s helps maximize opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. The organization also helps advance a vital social impact goal by showing the world what individuals with Down Syndrome can achieve as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. For more information about free programs, volunteerism, impact partnerships, events, and the many ways to support our families, visit www.gigisplayhouse.org.

Our local GiGi’s Playhouse Las Vegas is located at 1535 W Warm Springs Road, Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89014 and looks forward to serving all individuals with Down syndrome and their families in the greater community. For more information, contact us at https://gigisplayhouse.org/lasvegas/ (https://gigisplayhouse.org/lasvegas/)

Media and Contact:

Jennifer Bradley

JB Public Relations


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