2010 Special Olympics State Summer Games – Unified Sports Triathlon Program

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON PROGRAM – 4.30.2010 Preliminary Draft
The Uniquely Special, Special Olympics Summer Games Event
7:30 to Noon ● Wednesday, May 12 ● Montana State University

Hi Triton Special Olympics Ambassadors!

UNIFIED SPORTS TRIATHLON PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Click on the link below for a copy of the detailed, preliminary program for the Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon. We ask that all Triton Ambassadors report to the MSU Fitness Center at 7:30 AM on Wednesday morning, May 12th. Be ready to go, to help register and support your designated Unified Sports Triathlon team. Please bring your photo ID. We should have a table adjacent to the Sports and Recreation office counter, located immediately north of the MSU Pool next to the treadmills. As additional background, the Unified Sports Triathlon is a team event, and conducted as a “broken” triathlon. Each team has a member participating in one leg of the triathlon, and there are no transitions or handoffs. We will conduct the swim event, allow the swimmers to change their clothes and teams re-group, then walk over to the MSU track for the separate bike and run events. We are estimating event start times as follows — swim start time of 8:30 AM, bike start of 9:30 AM, and run start of 10:15 AM. We will add all three leg times to obtain a final official team score. After the race, please plan to escort your team over to Shroyer Gym for their awards and lunch.

2010 Special Olympics Triathlon Preliminary Program

WHY IS THE UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON UNIQUELY SPECIAL?
The triathlon is the only Special Olympics Unified Sports event at the 2010 Summer Games. Additionally, we believe the event was founded right here in Montana, and we’re currently trying to track down the event’s history. Team sports are about having fun, promoting physical health and bringing people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do all of that – and shatter stereotypes about intellectual disability in the process. In communities around the world, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities, their Unified Partners, practice and play together on Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is a moving and exciting Special Olympics initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together, Unified Sports athletes and their unified partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS VOLUNTEER TRAINING MEETING – Thursday, May 6, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, MSU Student Union Building, Ballroom D
You are welcome and invited to the Special Olympics “Day of Event” Volunteer Training Meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 6:30 PM -9:00 PM in the Student Union Building, Ballroom D. Special Olympics is gathering together all volunteers for a general briefing, and to answer questions. Volunteer T-shirts (to be worn on the day of the event) will be distributed, along with the triathlon event “venue in a box,” complete with clipboards, stopwatches, etc. If you cannot make it, don’t sweat. I’m sure you have previously been involved in other races and events in some manner, likely as participants or race directors. Think on your feet, and you’ll do great on race day. If you cannot make it, please get your T-shirt size to Sherri, sw1078@hotmail.com.

THANKS AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS TRIATHLON!