Uttervägen is a group home in Umeå, Sweden, for people with cognitive disabilities. Most of whom have Down’s syndrom. This is the home of Linus Lundström, Nina Johansson, Joakim Säfvenborg, Hanna Hermansson and Frida Molin. Since september 2016 they have been known as “Uttervägens Hjältar” (The Otter street Heroes). What gave them that nickname was Toughest, a 9 kilometer obstacle race with 40 obstacles to defeat.
The staff at Uttervägen is behind this concentration on physical training. They have seen positive effects in the every day life because of their accomplishments – they are more active in social situations and their self esteem is strengthened.
No one outside the group home believed that they could actually finish. But on the race day their parents, siblings and friends ran alongside, crying and cheering them on, not believing their eyes. Since then the ‘Heroes’ have prepared to run the race again, while crushing stereotypes and reevaluating what is possible.