Curry County’s Special Olympics team is gearing up for their first walkathon this weekend.

Rain or shine, about 20 athletes plan to walk the Brookings-Harbor High School track from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The public is invited to come to cheer on the walkers.

Curry athletes from the Winchuk River to Langlois have asked their friends and neighbors to support them so they can travel to Special Olympics bowling, basketball and track events during the next year. All funds donated are used solely for local athletes.

In addition to their commitment to walk ‘til they drop, Curry’s special athletes plan to compete against each other in 50 and 100-meter dashes, softball throw and shot put events.

Special Olympics Oregon enriches the lives of more than 14,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Oregon through sports, education, and athlete health by providing sports training, practice, and competition. Curry County’s team is a small part of that.

The state organization is currently experiencing some financial revamping due to overextension in past years. Because of that, they can provide little or no funding for local activities this year. Additionally, no regional or state competitions were held in 2018 and most of 2019. Teams across the state have stepped up to help raise funds so future events can be reinstated. Curry’s team hopes to compete at a regional track meet in Ashland next spring and a state meet in Corvallis next summer.

Curry County’s athletes are especially grateful for all the support they’ve had from family members and neighbor in the community, and from local businesses such as Wild River Pizza, Ribbons and More, the Chetco Brewing Company, and Gold Beach Plumbing.