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(From left): Marion Trueman, public relations officer with Special Olympics Moose Jaw, Katie Statler, fitness advisor at Double Shift Conditioning, Crystal Zakaluzny, owner of Double Shift, and Jean Hochlander, treasurer with Special Olympics Moose Jaw, pose for a photo on April 30, 2014. Double Shift and Special Olympics Moose Jaw have partnered and all funds from the third annual Fun Run will support Special Olympics Moose Jaw.
The annual Fun Run is going to be extra special this year.
Double Shift Conditioning and Special Olympics Moose Jaw have partnered for the third annual Fun Run set for May 24.
"We've been doing this for a couple of years and we just decided that we wanted to support the Special Olympics athletes," said Crystal Zakaluzny, owner of Double Shift Conditioning. “We’re trying to keep them active … That’s why we wanted to raise money through our Fun Run, which is an active activity as well.”
All proceeds from the event will go to Special Olympics Moose Jaw. There are 61 Special Olympics athletes in Moose Jaw and 30 volunteers.
“The money for the Fun Run will go towards the running of our sport programs for the intellectual disability athletes,” said Marion Trueman, public relations officer with Special Olympics Moose Jaw. “Our athletes will be kept active by continuing to run our sport programs on a weekly basis.”
Some of the activities they do include floor hockey, swimming, curling, bocce ball and bowling.
As a non-profit organization, Trueman said they are pleased to partner with Double Shift.
“It’s very important otherwise our organization would go down the tubes because we run on our fundraisers and whatever money we’ve collected,” said Trueman.
Zakaluzny said the goal is to have 150 participants or more than 200 including Special Olympics athletes and volunteers.
This year, Double Shift will raise at least $1,000 collected through donations, but they would like to “top that up” with more donations, said Zakaluzny.
The Fun Run will take place on May 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Spring Creek. Participants can walk or run three or six kilometers. It is for all ages. Registration is $30 and all participants will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt.
To register, go online at doubleshift.ca, call 306-693-9768, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Double Shift at 361 Main St. N.
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