By Jessica Hoover
Hamilton County Special Olympics athlete and Fishers resident Zach Curtis created the inaugural 5K Family Fun Run to raise money for the Hamilton County Special Olympics and to increase awareness for the program. The race is at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at Dr. James A. Dillon Park, 6001 Edenshall Lane, Noblesville. Registration and check-in begin at 9 a.m. at the Events Shelter at Dillon Park.
Curtis participates in bowling, tennis and track and field in Special Olympics, and he also is attending the Athlete Leadership Program University to become a coach for younger Special Olympics athletes. For his capstone project at ALPs, Curtis came up with the idea for the Family Fun Run.
“I am on the autism spectrum, and I was born with it,” Curtis said. “I was told by doctors when I was little that I wouldn’t even talk. (I joined Special Olympics because) I always loved sports before I could walk or talk. Special Olympics helps me because I can be part of a program where I can be included in everything.”
Race registration is $25, and all race fees and donations will benefit the Hamilton County Special Olympics program. To sign up, print out the race application on sohcindiana.org/sohc-5k-family-fun-run and mail it along with payment to: Hamilton County Special Olympics, 1229 Dahlgren Lane, Cicero IN 46034. T-Shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants and will be subject to availability on race day.
“(It’s important for the community to come to the Family Fun Run) so we can spread awareness to our program and so we can get more people involved,” Curtis said. “We’re always in need of more volunteers for the Special Olympics.”