Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Greg Focht, an athlete from Centre County, Finishes at the Fifty!

Greg Focht runs with his team during the Beaver Stadium Run

Greg Focht, a 47 year old Special Olympics PA – Centre County athlete, took part in his first 5K this weekend during the 2013 Beaver Stadium Run.  He has never run before in his life, but was proud to take part in the event when his first pair of running shoes were sponsored by Rapid Transit Shoes.
Motivated to begin running after he saw his fellow athletes participate in the 2012 Special Olympics PA Summer Games Torch Run at Penn State University, Greg trained vigorously for the Beaver Stadium Run with Kathie Mayo, a Centre County program volunteer.  Within months of training, Greg reduced his 3-mile time by 17 minutes.
In addition to recently completing his journey to “finish at the fifty” on Sunday, Greg will be inducted into the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in May where many of his other Special Olympics accomplishments will be recognized.
Greg continues to train today and is becoming an icon around the community.  Perhaps we will see him participate in the 2013 Summer Games Torch Run?  Only time will tell.
An estimated 3,700 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in the Fourth Annual Beaver Stadium 5K /1 Mile Family Fun Walk at Penn State University on Sunday, April 21, 2013 raising more than $360,000!  Thanks are extended to Greg for his involvement!
View the below video of Greg Participating in the Run! 

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