We are so excited to add the Special Olympics as our second beneficiary to this year’s City to the Sea Race! Cuesta College has worked alongside the Special Olympics in the past, and we are looking forward to adding their presence to the City to the Sea Marathon.
Most of the Special Olympians will be participating in the Kid’s Fun Run at Dinosaur Caves, which focuses on the 10 and under age range. By including the Special Olympians, we are able to include the underserved age range of 2-7 within the Special Olympic Arena. Through sporting events like the City to the Sea marathon, people with intellectual disabilities discover their strengths, abilities, skills, and success. The Special Olympics strives to awaken everyone, and every community, to recognize each person’s common humanity. By starting at a young age, they are able to focus on the inclusion of all persons in activities, projects, schools, and classrooms. The Special Olympics Young Athletes help children with intellectual growth expand their social skills, as well as aids in the development of motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They also have a lot of fun and gain a confidence boost they take with them to other playgrounds and elsewhere.
What can you do?
Registering your child in the Kids’ Fun Run not only helps benefit the Special Olympics, but allows your child to experience some the same benefits of confidence boosts, fun, and the discovery of new strengths. Children who learn to enjoy being physically active earlier in life have been more apt to continue throughout their lifetime. Physical activity lowers the likelihood of developing type-2 diabetes, cardiac problems and other health concerns associated with being inactive and overweight. Physical activity should be introduced in a fun environment, so what better place then the City to the Sea Kids’ Fun Run at the Dinosaur Caves Park?!