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Thank you for joining us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 for the 5th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk at Penn State University during Blue White Weekend benefitting Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). More than 4,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took part, helping SOPA to raise more than $400K. Presented by the Sheetz Family, the Run began in the vicinity of the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) on Curtin Road, moved through Penn State’s scenic campus, and concluded with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions’ home turf to “finish at the fifty!”
The Beaver Stadium Run is a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event that includes individuals from law enforcement; Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) athletes; various Penn State University athletes and organizations; the community; the Paterno family; and Franco Harris, the official starter for the Run and Hall of Fame Steelers Running Back. For those who were not up to running or walking the 3 Mile Course, a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk was offered.
Proceeds from the Run benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania and the thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities who develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image as a result of participating in our year-round training and competition programs — all at no cost to themselves or their families.
The Paterno Family has supported Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) for more than two decades. Sue Paterno began her more than 20 year labor of love with Special Olympics athletes in 1989 after joining the Board of Directors. As a very active and engaged Board member, she serves on the Summer Games Committee and was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Beaver Stadium 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, which has become one of SOPA’s largest fundraisers.