Runners raise money for Special Olympics in Eau Claire despite weather delays

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A thunderstorm on Saturday morning didn’t stop runners from hitting the roads for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

After a 15 minute delay, the storm cleared and the sun peaked through the clouds just after 9:00 a.m., in time for the 2018 Buckshot Run races to begin. Event organizers hope to surpass their $10,000 goal, with more than 700 participants running the Carson Park courses. However, attendance was down this year, because a Special Olympics Wisconsin position was filled last minute. Organizers Karina Tomei said the organization was unable to do much marketing, because her position, director of special events, was vacant for so long.

“But as soon as I got here on board, I started everything from scratch, and I worked,” said Tomei. “I sacrificed a lot to make it happen. And here we are today. And we have over 700 [runners], which is more than I personally expected, which is great. It has kept me busy.”

Tomei said she’s happy to be planning an event for such a great cause and appreciates every donation and effort to support the Special Olympics.

WQOW is a sponsor for the event.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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