Screen_Shot_2014-03-14_at_7.36.32_PMA massive tsunami blanketed Corozal Town around 6:30 am with a little more than 250 athletes, volunteers, students, and children with disabilities who gathered in front of the Corozal Town Council for the 7th annual Special Olympic Fun Run. According to District Coordinator for the Special Olympics, Martha Correa this year was a successful year since the main objective was accomplished.

Martha Correa – Special Olympics

“This is exactly the 7th year that we are holding the annual Fun Run here in Corozal and it is an opportunity to have our Special Kids socialize and create awareness in our community; it’s for the to create respect, awareness, but probably next year we will be staring country wide for a fundraising purpose.”

Correa also stated that medals were awarded to the top eight crossing the finishing line under two categories.

Martha Correa – Special Olympics

“We had two categories, the regular children who we call partners and they run for a medal and then we classify the second category as for our Special Ed kids they also got medals and so we had eight places in both categories.”

Special Olympics, was established back in 1968, with a purpose to serve globally to more than 3.4 millions athletes with intellectual disabilities. It's at the local level, like right here in Corozal, where volunteers meet the athletes, adults as well as children. Year-round training continues where athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy. Volunteers find perceptions changing and a growing love for this population.

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