Special Olympics athletes join torch run

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GRANTON – Warm weather and uplifted spirits graced the 2019 Michelin Special Olympics torch run on Wednesday morning.

The run began from the Granton tire plant and proceeded to the Michelin Social Club entrance. Participants were bussed to stops in Westville and Stellarton before the run finished in New Glasgow.

It was followed by a barbecue hosted over the noon hour by the New Glasgow Police Service.

“It’s great to be part of such a worthwhile cause,” RCMP Sgt. Jonathan Kenny said.

Members of the RCMP and New Glasgow police were present for the run.

The run also preceded the 2019 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Summer Games that will take place from Friday through Sunday at Acadia University in Wolfville and at nearby venues.

Local athletes and coaches have been looking forward to taking part.

“It’s amazing to see them having success and achieving their goals,” said Allison Kearley, a swim coach for the local athletes.

Adam Smith was among the runners who took part on Wednesday.

“Running makes me happy all the time,” he said.

The torch run is among ways Michelin Canada supports Special Olympics.

The company provides training and competition opportunities to more than 42,000 athletes of all ages and abilities through local sport clubs and benefits from an extensive network of more than 17,000 volunteers across Canada.

“It’s great,” said Jackie Long, a Michelin Special Olympics committee member and employee representative.

The company supports both the Special Olympics summer and winter games through sports that include athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, floor hockey, figure skating, snowshoeing, speed skating, cross-country skiing, and curling.

RCMP Sgt. Jonathan Kenny takes a turn carrying the torch during the Michelin Special Olympics torch run that began on Wednesday in Granton. (Goodwin photo)