Athletes set tone for Special Olympics meet at Heebner Park – Timesherald

WORCESTER – Wicked Fast, Special Olympics Montco long-distance running and walking program, hosted athletes from Chester, Bucks, Central Bucks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties for its annual meet on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Heebner Park in Worcester.

The opening ceremony included the presentation of banners, an a capella performance of the national anthem by Wicked Fast athlete Liz Haydt; Celine Heffron-Pero held the Special Olympics torch while Nikki Foster read the Special Olympics athlete oath: “Let me win. But if I can’t win, let’s be brave in the attempt. Over 100 volunteers made this popular event possible.

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    Athletes compete in one of the unified foot races.

  • Wicked Fast’s Ryan Brett and Chip Tamagni head to the finish line.

  • Wicked Fast trainer Pete Stupak led the class for...

    Wicked Fast’s trainer, Pete Stupak, was the course leader for the competing athletes.

  • Athletes, coaches, volunteers, family and friends gather for the start...

    Athletes, coaches, volunteers, family and friends gather for the start of the opening ceremonies.

  • Wicked Fast athlete Liz Haydt did an amazing job singing...

    Wicked Fast athlete Liz Haydt did a wonderful job singing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies.

  • Wicked Fast athlete Jared Lieberman competed in the 10K for...

    Wicked Fast athlete Jared Lieberman competed in the 10k for the first time.

  • Athletes from Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties are pictured competing...

    Athletes from Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties are pictured competing in the 3000m walk.

  • Wicked Fast trainers include, left to right, Elice Johnson;  Scott Otterbein...

    Wicked Fast trainers include, left to right, Elice Johnson; Scott Otterbein, Eileen Halley; Katie Wallace Malcolm and Jim Malcolm.

  • Athlete from Chester County cheers as she...

    A Chester County athlete cheers as she nears the finish line in the 800m.

  • The Chester County team.

    The Chester County team.

  • Chester County athlete competes in Saturday's 3000m walk

    Chester County athlete competes in Saturday’s 3000m walk

  • Athletes from Lebanon, Montgomery and Bucks counties receive their medals.

    Athletes from Lebanon, Montgomery and Bucks counties receive their medals.

  • Athletes from Bucks Counties and Lebanon head to finish...

    Athletes from Bucks and Lebanon Counties head to the finish line.

The meet brought together approximately 70 athletes and 10 unified partners competing in a modified 800m wheelchair and walking event; 10,000 km race; 5KWalk for unified and traditional athletes; the 3000m walk for unified and traditional athletes; 1500m run and 1500m walk for unified and traditional athletes. Jared Liberman highlighted the overall performance of Wicked Fast, which made its 10k race debut and set the stage for its participation in the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Fest at Villanova University.

Photos courtesy of Wicked Fast Special Olympics Montco Long Distance Running and Walking Team.

Naomi C. Amerson