Runners raise funds, awareness for Special Olympics

MANISTEE — Law enforcement officials and others came together on Monday to support a cause and begin a new tradition in Manistee.

The first Manistee Community Run for Special Olympics in about 10 years was held on Monday morning, raising about $3,500 for the Michigan Special Olympics and visibility for the effort.

The run was held in conjunction with a series of Law Enforcement Torch Runs throughout the state. The Michigan State Police, Manistee Fire Department, Manistee Police Department, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, Oaks Correctional Facility and other agencies were represented. About 20 people participated.

“The local torch runs are really for awareness and to get people in the community involved, to let people know what everybody here is doing for the athletes,” said MSP trooper and organizer Greg Hubers. “Today, we’re really fortunate because we were able to raise about $3,500.”

Hubers said he plans to continue hosting the Manistee Community Run in the coming years. Runner Dave Sabuda travels with the statewide torch run organization and said his team raised about $40,000 last year.

“Their enthusiasm, their attitudes and their energy (is inspiring),” Sabuda said. “When you’re around (the athletes) at the Special Olympics, it’s a good feeling.”

Special Olympics athlete Joshua Bidelman ran on Monday. Bidelman has participated in soccer, swimming, softball, cycling, basketball and hockey.

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