Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

Special Olympics to take part in the world’s largest timed mile

Participants will be joined by celebrities and finish in front of Buckingham Palace

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 opening ceremony. Victor Besa/The National
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 opening ceremony. Victor Besa/The National

Following on from its highly successful World Games in the UAE earlier this year, the Special Olympics is set to take part in the world's largest timed mile in London on the morning of 26 May.

A number of celebrities are to join the Special Olympics Unified Mile where participants will begin at The Mall and finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

The mile is open to everyone, with organisers saying running, walking, skipping or jumping acceptable ways to complete the course.

The Special Olympics are an organisation, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, dedicated to supporting and giving a competition platform for people with intellectual disabilities. Its most recent games were held in the UAE in March this year.

“Unity and inclusion are two of the driving forces of our movement and a huge part of what our athletes and their families strive for on a daily basis,” said Michelle Carney, CEO Special Olympics Great Britain

“Not only will the Unified Mile raise awareness of our charity and raise some money for us, it is sure to be a fun day out too,” she added.

The event will be part of the Vitality Westminster Mile, a series of races throughout the day for professionals and amateurs of different ages alike.

According to Special Olympics Great Britain there are some 1.5 million people in the country with an intellectual disability.

Updated: May 14, 2019 01:45 PM

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