SOM marks Games with dance, 5K run


Special Olympics MNOAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games return to Stillwater Area High School in two weeks and there will be a street dance and 5K run starting at 5:30 p.m. June 21 that is open to the community.

The Summer Games are June 20-22, and SOM invites St. Croix Valley residents to help celebrate with The Live Wire Band and outdoor dancing at Olympic Town at SAHS. The Live Wire Band plays from 5:30 to 7:20 p.m., followed by BMX performance group The Twin Cities Fantasy Factory performing from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The Summer Games celebration ceremony is 8 to 8:45 p.m. with FOX 9 Meteorologist Cody Matz emceeing the event. The Law Enforcement Torch Run carries the Special Olympics torch into Pony Stadium Friday evening.

The Summer Games 5K is separate from the Law Enforcement Torch Run and begins at 5:30 p.m., with registration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There is a $25 participation fee for the 5K and includes a Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt. As of Tuesday, 50 people have registered for the 5K.

Alyssa Siech, the 5K coordinator, hopes more runners register on the day of the run since the 5K is a first-time event and not widely known. For more information about the 5k visit

SOM also seeks volunteers for a variety of positions at the Summer Games.
“We are at 80 percent capacity, but volunteers are definitely welcome to apply,” said Lynn Shelander, SOM marketing and communications manager.

Visit or call 612-333-0999 for more information or to register for a volunteer position.