The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 9, 2014

Let the games begin

Turn on porch lights overnight Thursday for Special Olympic awareness run

— Nothing makes you love life like seeing the face of a Special Olympian crossing the finish line.

You can catch the feeling again Friday morning when the annual Limestone County Special Olympics events are held at Athens High School stadium.

About 180 athletes from each county school, Athens High and the Birdie Thornton Center will participate in the track and field events, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Annie Roberts, local director of Special Olympics. The co-director is Jessica Tyler.

The Special Olympics was started 48 years ago to provide year-round athletic activities and raise awareness for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Turn it on for the SOAR

On Thursday night, about 20 runners trying to boost awareness of Friday’s Olympiad need Limestone County residents to turn on their porch lights and leave them on overnight. The annual Special Olympics Awareness Run, also called SOAR, begins at 2 p.m. Thursday at East Limestone High School and includes stops at all six county high schools. The runners will make the 75-mile journey across the county by running several miles, stopping to rest and eat, then hopping a van to the next stop and running again, Roberts said.

“Last year someone ran 50 miles straight,” she said.

East High pep rally

The run begins Thursday following a 2 p.m. pep rally at East Limestone High, where the runners will run a lap with Special Olympic athletes, she said. The runners are scheduled to be at Ardmore High at 5:30 p.m., Elkmont High at 7:30 p.m., West Limestone High at 10 p.m., Clements High at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Tanner High at 6 a.m. and Athens High at 8 a.m.

Remembering Alexis

Once they arrive at Athens High stadium Friday morning, the runners will run a victory lap with the Special Olympics athletes and then eat breakfast, Roberts said. At Friday’s opening ceremony of the games, there will be a balloon sendoff to mark the passing of a Special Olympics athlete, Tanner senior Alexis Hamilton, who died in her sleep March 4.

Text Only
Top Local News
Today's Local Feature

State and Nation
Local Sports
Calendar of Events
  • Limestone Ledger 7/24/14

    Art Stroll
    The Athens Arts League Summer Art Stroll is 4-8 p.m. Friday on the downtown Limestone County Courthouse lawn. The free, family-friendly event will include music and 25 artists including painters, ceramicists, jewelry makers, mixed media and textile artists.

    July 24, 2014

  • Church Bulletin 7/24/14
Weather Radar

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Business Marquee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.