Fun Run to raise funds for Special Olympics


ALGER — The Wertz Warriors will be raising funds for the Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games with its 11th annual Fun Run in Arenac County Saturday, Sept. 15.

The event consists of an 80-mile course to and from local restaurants and bars, a spaghetti dinner, auction and a 50-50 raffle.

Entry is $10 and registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the event at Hank’s Restaurant & Lounge. At 11 a.m., participants will set out in cars and motorcycles to six stops from Pinconning, to Au Gres to Prescott, and make it back to Hank’s by 5 p.m. for spaghetti and the chance to win prizes, event coordinator Joe Gudobba said.

“My goal was to set a date aside for local people, from Pinconning, Bay City, all the way up to West Branch, that want to just go out for a fun day, have some fun and take a ride around with some friends,” Gudobba said. “I am trying to introduce more about about Special Olympics, Wertz Warriors and what we do.”

Gudobba said those who don’t want to take part in the run are welcome to come to Hank’s around 5 p.m. to participate in the auction and the raffle, where event goers will get the chance to win a Budweiser mirror, free lunch at one of the restaurants and a Wertz Warriors T-shirt.

This is one of several events throughout the year the Wertz Warriors organize to support the Winter Games, Gudobba said. Proceeds from these events allow the Wertz Warriors to give $285,000 each year to help subsidize the cost of the games, he said.

The Fun Run typically generates around $1,000 and has roughly 25 participants each year, Gudobba said, adding that the most important thing is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics while having fun with friends.

“If you see the actual opening ceremonies, you’re hooked,” Gudobba said. “When you see what these athletes do, it changes their lives.”

For more information on the Wertz Warriors or about the Fun Run, call 989-942-4081.


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