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 "SUPER HEROES!" theme, just like the 2014 Fall Festival which will take place on November 7th, 8th and 9th.

WHERE & WHEN: Strides will be held on the campus of Villanova University on Wednesday, September 24 (rain date: Friday, September 26).   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.

How to Register

  1. Sign up at the Special Olympics tables outside the Upper Level of the Connelly Center, near the Oreo, from September 22-24.
  2. Sign up at the event on Wednesday, September 24 starting at 7:00 PM.
  3. Register online

Please note: We request a minimum $20 donation to participate, which includes a free Strides t-shirt, snacks, and entry to win raffle prizes.

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2014 the best competition yet? Check out our volunteer page, or Donate Here

"Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
— Athlete Oath

How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved

Click here to learn about Volunteer opportunities!

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



Fact:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games in 1968. Held at Chicago's Soldier Field, the event consisted of 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, swimming, and floor hockey.