‘Trick or Trot’ 5k run raises money for Special Olympics athletes

Hampden County

The annual ‘Trick or Trot’ 5k race to help raise money for Special Olympics athletes was held in Westfield Saturday.

About 50 runners gathered at Stanley Park for the Halloween-themed run. Some runners competed in their costumes, while others opted for more traditional running gear. 

Athletes of all ages and skill levels competed to help raise money for a cause. Director Stephanie Esposito told 22News, what the 5k race does for the development of Special Olympic athletes. 

She said, “It cost Special Olympics Massachusetts about $400 a year to provide the training and the competition sport for a single athlete.” 

Derek McCray of Hampshire Heat Program added, “And all the money go towards our program as well. So we can get new shirts, new programs and stuff like that.”

It’s the 3rd year the event was held at Stanley Park in Westfield. Runners paid a $40 entry fee.  Organizers told 22News they hope to raise $6,000.

This year, the Special Olympics is celebrating 50 years of providing training and competitions for athletes with developmental disorders.

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