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Hooray! Our annual Central Park Challenge is on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and we invite you to join in the fun!

YAI’s Central Park Challenge is one of the most iconic and inclusive events in New York City. For more than 20 years, thousands of people have come out to run the 4-mile race, participate in the 3K walk, and celebrate “Seeing Beyond Disability.”

Come join us in our mission of Living, Loving, Working, and Learning so that you can see the passion that drives our organization forward and enhances the lives of the people we support. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to lace up your sneakers, soak up some sun, and show your support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Are you up to the challenge?


Event Location: The Bandshell at 72nd Street in Central Park


Schedule of Events


7:30 AM – Registration Opens


8:45 AM – Thomas A. Dern Memorial 4-Mile Run Starts

                     Family Fun Area Opens


10:00 AM – 3K Walk Starts


10:45 AM – Music and Performances


11:00 AM – Children’s Races Start


12:00 PM – Closing ceremonies at the 72nd Street Bandshell

Have any questions? Please check out our FAQs page here!

Need help? Please contact Katie Krahenbuhl​ at 1-877-YAI-WALK (924-9255) or

About YAI:

YAI believes in promoting opportunities for Living, Loving, Working, and Learning. We empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live their best lives by reaching their goals, both big and small, every day.


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