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Participants to go Over the Edge for Special Olympics

Participants to go Over the Edge for Special Olympics

October 10th, 2013 in News

The annual Over the Edge for Special Olympics will be held Saturday in Jefferson City.

Brave men and women seeking an experience of a lifetime will rappel over the edge of the 13-story Jefferson State Building.

All proceeds from the event benefit the 16,000 athletes in Missouri who train and compete in Special Olympics. This year's goal is $80,000. Last year, the event raised around $78,000.

Over the Edge is open to anyone 14 years or older who is a fan of having a good time while raising funds for a good cause. Each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000.

It costs about $450 per athlete per year to compete in Special Olympics. Athletes train and compete throughout the year, and $1,000 would cover the costs for two athletes.

The event, hosted by the Jefferson City Police Department and sponsored by Doubletree Hotel, takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the third year for the event and sponsors are looking to have 60-70 people participate with awards for the best company, school and family teams that participate.