The world’s eyes right now are focusing on London as it gears up for the World Olympics. Less known however is that in 2013 a different, yet very similar world event is about to take place. The Special Olympics is a lot like the World Olympics, but in a lot of ways it is better.
When I think of the challenges the athletes in the Special Olympics have to go through to just to get to their “starting lines” it really makes me humble. In a small way I can kind of relate. Back in September when I weighed 305 pounds all I could think of is getting around the block without fainting. My vision of what I could accomplish was very limited. In that first run I wasn’t thinking about a ten minute mile pace, I didn’t even know what a form or formation was, and I DEFINATELY didn’t think I’d ever be holding a torch!(which by the way is very heavy and awkward to run with) I still have a long way to go in my journey, there is still more weight to lose and more runs to complete, but today was for sure a highlight along the way. Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to say I truly understand what is like to be someone who competes in the special olympics, but I do think it is good to relate, and I hope in a very small way I did my part to give that opportunity to those future athletes that will represent our country in the next Special Olympics.
A special thanks to Ofc. Matthews for the pictures. I don’t usually get pictures of me in a run, so that was very cool.