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Special Olympics 10K Race in 30th Year

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This weekend, Charlottesville runners will participate in a popular 10K event. Among them will be people with disabilities running to raise money so they can have the opportunity to be on sports teams just like everyone else.

The Gene Arnold Memorial Special Olympics 10K Run and two mile walk gets underway on Saturday. Organizers hope to raise enough money for the Charlottesville Special Olympics operating budget for the entire upcoming year.

The race is now in its 30th year. It takes a scenic route, starting and finishing at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Ivy. There will be awards for the fastest male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes.

Most of the athletes have mental disabilities; some have physical disabilities or a combination of both. Most will do the two mile walk, but there will be a few that will compete in the 10K.

There are 10 special Olympic sports available in the area, and the money from the race will help buy equipment and uniforms and pay for travel.

"The biggest thing about this is not just raising the money, but it's such a great community event. People coming out and supporting us and supporting our cause. We just enjoy having everybody out there," said David Zentmyer, a volunteer for the Special Olympics.

Last year the race raised $19,000 and organizers hope to meet or exceed that number this year.

The event takes place Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

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