The Special Olympics Wisconsin Virtual Run Series is a unique, fun and social distancing-friendly way for our supporters to rally around our champions–the 9,000+ athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. This month-long event coincides with National Bully Prevention Month and will serve as a catalyst to drive awareness and support of the mission and values of Special Olympics Wisconsin.
How it works
The Virtual Run Series will take place over four weeks, with each week highlighting a different theme that represents the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. For just $30, you can Run for Inclusion, Joy, Acceptance or Champions. Each week will have its own unique gift to help you commemorate the event and help you remember what you run for. For just $100, you can do all four and receive all four gifts!
Although it’s billed as a run, you can walk, run, or even bike during this month-long celebration of our athletes. Fully customizable, you choose your distance in this DIY event and do it any time, any place, any pace!
Why should you run for Special Olympics Wisconsin?
While everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on our athletes has been especially profound.
“While the general population struggles with social distancing, they have the means to reach out, get out, or find support from others,” said Don Wigington, Special Olympics Wisconsin’s VP of Sports & Health Programs. “Many of our athletes do not have some of these luxuries and social distancing ultimately becomes social isolation. We understand the need to connect and that Special Olympics programming is an integral part of their lives.”
To combat the effects of social isolation, we have recently entered into our Phase 1 of our Return to Play plan that gets our athletes back in action gradually and through social distancing-friendly activities. Through this plan, our athletes will be able to improve their physical and mental health, reconnect with friends, and reduce feelings of social isolation.
We have been hit hard by the pandemic financially, as nearly all charities in the US have been. This is a critical time for us to make sure that we can continue to offer our life-changing programming throughout the duration of this pandemic, and beyond.
The Virtual Run Series was created this year in lieu of the popular Run With The Cops events that our supporters look forward to every fall. Unfortunately those events aren’t possible this year.
“As we continue to support our Special Olympics partners, we must make changes to keep our athletes, staff, and volunteers safe,” said Niki Nelson, the state director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. “Our law enforcement agencies are stretched thin and being tasked with more responsibilities than ever this summer, so our Run With The Cops events have moved to a different format this year. I ask that you continue to support our athletes in any way possible.”
The athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin need our support now more than ever. So pick a week, build your own series or do it ALL for the athletes! Show us what you run for!