Crim Festival of Races honors Special Olympics athletes and veterans

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 1:51 PM EDT
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(8/24/2018) - Just hours before the Crim 10-mile race, Special Olympics athletes are taking to the bricks to put on quite a show.

"It's a way of us raising money and awareness of what the Special Olympics is all about -- what our athletes can do, not what they can't do," said Pat Peters, a Special Olympics area director.

He said the athletes love taking part in the race.

"We've had athletes that have fallen, rolled, gotten back up and finished the race," Peters said. "That's what life is all about, finishing the race."

Bobby Crim started the Crim race to help raise funds for the Special Olympics. He also is a big advocate for veterans, something those at the nine-mile mark of the race understand completely.

"Team Red White and Blue will be at the American mile -- the ninth mile of the Crim -- handing out American flags and encouragement as racers come in and go over that finish line," said Daniel Vela of the Red White and Blue organization.

Racers from all over the world will be able to grab a cup of water thanks to Huntington Bank and also grab their flag to finish the race strong.

"We've been at mile marker 9 for years and looking for a way to make our community stronger -- and partnering with a verteran's organization like Team Red White and Blue and passing out flags to veterans to honor veterans is just one of those ways," said Greg Viener of Huntington Bank.

The Special Olympics race as part of the Crim Festival of Races starts at 6 p.m. Friday.