Hundreds participate in Ainsley's Angels event Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - Hundreds of people rolled with the wind in a popular road race Saturday to benefit a non-profit organization known as Ainsley's Angels.

The race was held in Jacksonville at the River Walk Park.Sadly, Ainsley, whom the organization is named after died last week as did a Jacksonville athlete.

More than 300 registered runners and 34 wheelchair athletes participated in the 5k, 10k, and 15k race.

This was the 2nd annual Roll With the Wind race in Jacksonville.

Donations help special needs families compete in the races.

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An organization known for giving special needs kids a chance to complete road races is holding an event Saturday, but it has a lot more meaning now that it did when it was initially scheduled.

Ainsley, the young woman who Ainsley's Angels is named after, passed away this week.

Another local athlete also died this week in Jacksonville.

The athletes cannot run for themselves so they get assigned to a runner to push them through the road race.

Ambassadors say this race in particular will be therapeutic as it honors these two girls.

Laura Shuler pushes her son Gavin and says the reason this group started was so that all children could feel included in road races that they otherwise might not be able to do.

Saturday's race will be held at River Walk Park in Jacksonville. There is a 5k, 10k, and 15k. Pre-race activities start at 8:30 and the race begins at 9 a.m.