By Holly Claytor Thursday, October 11 2012 00:00
Special Olympics thrives on volunteer support to provide programs and services to more than 11,000 athletes in Virginia. On Sunday, October 28, the organization is looking for approximately 100 local volunteers to help lend a hand at the Color Me Rad 5K at Virginia Tech. No experience is necessary, but all volunteers should be prepared for some colorful fun that requires a good bit of post-event scrubbing.
Thousands of runners have already signed up for the untimed and somewhat unorthodox 5K running event later this month. In July, more than 5,000 people got colorful in Richmond and raised nearly $30,000 to benefit Special Olympics Virginia’s statewide programs. The Blacksburg event is supported by the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
For each volunteer that commits his/her time, race organizers will donate $100 to Special Olympics Virginia. Interested volunteers can sign up online by visiting Special Olympics Virginia’s Web site (www.specialolympicsva.org) or by completing an online form (www.tinyurl.com/cmrVTvolunteer). All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, sunglasses and a volunteer experience like no other! Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Families and groups are encouraged to participate.
According to Virginia Tech Police Sergeant Tom Gallemore, “This is a unique event that makes running fun and accessible to the entire community. The organizers have reserved spots for our local Special Olympics athletes to help lead each wave of the run. If we’re able to recruit enough volunteers, this could be a real win for everyone.”
Runners interested in registering for the 5K run should visit www.colormerad.com and use the promo code “specialolympics” to receive a 10% discount off their registration fee. A portion of all registration fees using this code will also benefit the charity. Runners can also create their own fundraising page by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/sova/ColorMeRadBlacksburg.
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