Tons of people gathered on Monday, Nov. 22, to raise money for the Special Olympics of Texas and Unified Sport. The money raised helps Special Olympics continue to aid and mentor people who otherwise would not have the ability to compete or participate in recreational sports. Early registration for the event was $12.00 which included a T-shirt and medal for completing the 5K. This year's starting line at Simmons Parking Lot (Mabee Complex Parking Lot) held many racers, ready to go the distance.
Not only did runners get the chance to get a shirt and medal, but they were also entered in various raffles that were given away just before the race. Some of those prizes included a gift from Gourmet Abilene and a flatscreen tv.
The Turkey 5K is such a popular event on campus that it is always bringing back runners. This year there were some new runners to the event, like sophomore Elizabeth Clancy, a marketing and business management double major from Abilene,
“[My favorite part about the 5K was] supporting the runners while having an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the really nice weather and good company,” Clancy said. “My mom works at HSU, and walking the Turkey Trot together gave us more time to catch up and do something positive.”
Last year’s Turkey 5K benefited the families of loved ones who have dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders through the Houston-Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning.
To learn more about the Special Olympics of Texas and Unified Sports and last years benefits with the Houston-Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning, please visit their websites, www.specialolympics.organd https://www.hsutx.edu/academics/schools-colleges/irvin-school-education/autism-dyslexia-center/