Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


New run/walk to benefit Special Olympics

Published October 16, 2014

ROSWELL—The Knights of Columbus of St. Peter Chanel Church in Roswell, Council 13217, will have a 5K chip-timed run/walk event on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The inaugural 5K will raise funds for Special Olympics Georgia and the Knights of Columbus charities.

The event, to be held on the campus of Blessed Trinity High School and St. Peter Chanel on Woodstock Road in Roswell, is open to all runners or walkers. The 3.1-mile course features flat roads, and a scenic rolling trail.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. with onsite check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in participating may register online in advance at

The $25 registration includes a long-sleeved t-shirt and a post-race party.

“We are excited to be promoting a fund raising event for Special Olympics Georgia and the Knights of Columbus Charities,” said Chas Ratliff, Grand Knight of the council. “We believe that hosting a 5K event fits well with the spirit of Special Olympics and our desire to support charitable activities in our community.”

The 5K website uses crowd-funding technologies and sponsor rewards to promote the event and to stimulate donations to the charities.

“We expect the event to elevate awareness for our campaign to support the charities. We encourage people to visit the 5K event website to take advantage of some of the substantial rewards that sponsors are offering to persons that donate,” said Shawn Pinto, event chair.

The mission of Special Olympics Georgia is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, experience joy and form friendships with other Special Olympics athletes.