WHO: Strides is managed by the Fundraising Committee of the Villanova Special Olympics Committee.
WHAT: Strides is a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk fundraising event that benefits the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival. The event typically attracts over 500 participants, many of whom are students at Villanova University. This year, STRIDES will follow a "HOLLYWOOD!" theme, just like the 2013 Fall Festival which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and will take place on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
WHERE & WHEN: Strides will be held on the campus of Villanova University on Thursday, September 26 (rain date: Friday, September 27). Pre-registration and check-in begins at 7pm and the race begins promptly at 7:30 PM. Participants will begin and finish the event in the area by the Oreo.
WHY: Strides is annually the largest fundraising event held by the Special Olympics Committee, and the funds received here allow athletes to enjoy the Festival free of charge.
Please note: We request a minimum $20 donation to participate, which includes a free Strides t-shirt, snacks, and entry to win raffle prizes.
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“The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is unlike any other event at Villanova. With great reason, athletes, volunteers, and students alike regularly remark that Fall Festival is their favorite weekend of the year. Nothing else unites our campus with as much enthusiasm, and nothing makes Villanova as wonderful as experiencing the athletes’ excitement, sportsmanship, and joy.”
–Paul Insley, ’14
2013 Director of Competition