Heavy Rain Washes Out Area Events this Weekend

Heavy Rain Washes Out Area Events this Weekend

September 8 – Heavy rain and Flash Flood Warnings Friday have resulted in the cancellation and the rescheduling of a couple of events in the Decatur area this weekend.

Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches in some places have caused the annual Fido Scurry in Fairview Park Saturday to be cancelled. Shirley Stanley with the Decatur-Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation says the event will not be re-scheduled for this year. Stanley says the Foundation will be contacting those who have pre-registered.

Stanley also says the dog swim “Wags and Waves” at the Fairview Aquatic Center has been moved to Sunday, September 9th. Three separate swim times will be available, 11am – Noon, 12:15 – 1:15 and 1:30 – 2:30. The cost is $5 per dog.

Also cancelled for this weekend is the Special Olympics 2018 Outdoor Sports Festival that was to be held at Rotary Park and the Hickory Point Golf Club. The 2 day event featuring over 650 Special Olympians from around the state in golf and softball was the final event of 9 statewide events for 2018. Officials with Special Olympics Illinois say it will not be rescheduled for this year.

Torch Run for Special Olympics Passes Through Decatur

Torch Run for Special Olympics Passes Through Decatur

June 14 – A group of runners made up of law enforcement officers with the Illinois Department of Corrections made their way north on Route 51 Thursday morning.

Thursday, the runners began day four of the Torch Run in at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center in Decatur and were scheduled to pass through Forsyth, Maroa, and Clinton before ending the day in Bloomington. 79 runners from 15 IDOC facilities are participating in the event this year.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The Torch Run has two goals – to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics. The Illinois Department of Corrections is carrying the Flame of Hope from Marion to Normal, which is the longest continuous Torch Run to ever take place in Illinois.

79 runners from 15 IDOC facilities are participating in the event. In 2017, The IDOC was named “Top Fundraising Agency” by Special Olympics Illinois after raising more than $148,000 for the organization.