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Poker Run Benefiting Special Olympics Held in Monongalia County

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MORGANTOWN -

The time is almost over for poker runs but around 200 bikers came out for one of the last of the season on Sunday.

The 11th Annual Special Olympics Poker Run started off at Tudor's Biscuit World in Morgantown and ended at the Triune Halleck Volunteer Fire Department. The poker run helps buy equipment and uniforms.  It also pays for transportation for athletes who compete year-round.

The GWRRA Chapter I in Morgantown helps sponsor the event.

Special Olympics of West Virginia provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of well-coached, Olympics-type sports for children and adults who are mentally challenged.

"We have athletes that swim, cycle, bowl, volleyball, cheerlead, basketball, track and field. And then this year we have three athletes going to the U.S. National Games in New Jersey, and a coach that's going to accompany those three athletes. So, that's a really big deal."

All of the money raised at the event goes towards benefiting Special Olympic athletes in Monongalia County. The volunteers said this year's poker run was the best one yet.

The organization encourages anyone who has an athlete eligible to get them involved with Special Olympics.

Special Olympics in West Virginia serves more than 5,000 athletes, from all over the state of West Virginia, who compete in 15 Olympics-type sports.