Meet Kelli Tanghe, a proud mother of 3, and her 12 year old daughter Arianna (Ari), who has Cerebral Palsy and Visual Impairment. In September 2012, upon entering Middle School, Ari expressed her desire to “race with mom” and compete in sports just like her athletic older brother and sister have done their whole lives.
Kelli, a Boston qualified marathoner and ultramarathoner, decided that she needed to act on making her daughter’s dream a reality. With that… Team Ari was born and Kelli pushed Arianna in her first 5k race in her wheelchair.
Since that first race, Kelli and Ari have been running together as a dynamic mother/daughter racing duo. In order to push Ari with more ease, Kelli now uses an adaptive running chair for all of their races.
To date, these two Women You Should Know have completed 5ks, 10ks, half-marathon, and marathon events. They are currently striving to complete 13 half-marathons in 2013 to celebrate Ari becoming a teenager. It is their mission to encourage individuals with disabilities to participate in running events.
What Kelli did for her daughter is inspiring and what they are now accomplishing together as a team for others is extraordinary. Go Team Ari!
Kelli and Ari’s story was submitted to WYSK via the Who Should We Know? section of our site.