More than 270 runners and walkers of all abilities came out to Skye Canyon Park on Saturday, March 9 and raised $2,500 for Special Olympics Nevada. A portion of registration fees for Skye’s 4th Annual 5K/8K Road Run and 100 percent of the proceeds from the post-race pancake breakfast benefited the non-profit. The funds raised will help support 10 athletes for an entire year.
“We have a ton of different programs athletes can participate in such as the general sports program, healthy athletes, young athletes and the unified program to name a few,” said Allyce Pierson, associate director of Special Olympics Nevada.
At the race, racers traveled a course through Skye Canyon’s Phase 2 neighborhoods. Cheering crowds and a DJ helped pump up runners and walkers for a final push as they neared the finish line at Skye Canyon Park.
While racers completed the course, halfway around the world, Skye Canyon resident Christine McCullough was preparing for her own challenge in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi competition. The 46-year-old athlete has been with Special Olympics since 1995; she represented the U.S. in track and field.
“Christine embodies the ‘Fit Lives Here’ lifestyle,” said Desiree Van Leer, marketing manager of Olympia Companies, developer of Skye Canyon. “Watching her train and prepare for this event has been such an honor. Skye Canyon is proud to support Special Olympics Nevada and our local athletes.
The top three finishers in the male and female categories for both the 5K and 8K races were presented with commemorative plaques during an awards ceremony. After the race, participants re-energized with complimentary pancakes and 15-minute massages at Skye Center.
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