Area Special Olympics to hold 5K road race to raise funds for programs
OLD TOWN— Penobscot/Piscataquis/Hancock Area Special Olympics will be holding a benefit 5K road race and a children’s costume Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Old Town/Orono YMCA in Old Town. The race is a fund raiser for the events that the area program puts on throughout the year.
The race is named Mickey’s 5K, in honor of the late Mickey Boutilier, founder of Special Olympics Maine and a driving force in the Special Olympics movement from its start in Chicago in 1968. Mickey Boutilier died in 2012 but his legacy as a supporter of all those with intellectual disabilities lives on.
Registration for adults is $20, increasing to $25 on Oct. 8. Registration for children under 13 is $8. The Fun Run registration is $5. There will be a $2.75 on-line registration fee in all cases. T-shirts are available for the first 50 5K registrants. Trophies will be awarded to the first place male and first place female runner. There will also be medals for the top two male and female runners in various age groups as well as the top three Special Olympians. Registrations can be completed online at www.runinarace.com. The course for this race is flat and fast, utilizing roads and bike paths. The 5k is chip timed. Showers and refreshments will be available.
The money raised during this event will be used to support the ongoing programs conducted by the Penobscot/ Piscataquis/Hancock County Area Special Olympics program. These events include sporting events, and social functions. Money raised will also be used to purchase necessary sports equipment for the athletes and to provide scholarships so area athletes can attend State, National, and World Special Olympics Games competitions.
Penobscot/ Piscataquis/Hancock Area Special Olympics is a division of Special Olympics Maine and provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Your support through fundraising events like the Mickey’s 5K is greatly appreciated.