December 9-10, 2023
2023 Athlete's Guide
I did not get a registration confirmation email?
Check your spam filter. To receive a copy of your registration email, please log in to your RunSignUp account, scroll down to your upcoming events, and click on Manage Registration. If that does not work, then please send an email to [email protected] to request a confirmation email.
I cannot make the race in 2023, can I defer my entry until 2024?
Yes you can defer your entry until 2023. For a deferral, please follow the steps in this link:
The defer option can be found by logging on to RunSignUp, navigating to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Defer Registration.
The Defer option is located on the top of the page, on the left of the page, or you can find the Defer option in the footer.
The deadline to defer is at noon, Friday December 8, 2023.
We will not accept any deferments after that time for any reason. There is a $15 fee to defer.
Can I upgrade or downgrade my race distance?
Yes. To upgrade or downgrade, please log on to RunSignUp, navigate to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Transfer Registration.
After December 8, you can change race distance at the Registration Desk at the Health and Wellness Expo. To upgrade you will need to pay the price difference for the race. There are no refunds for downgrades. We accept changes until the Expo or until the race sells out.
I cannot make the race this year; can I get a refund or transfer my race entry to another participant?
No, unfortunately we do not allow transfers or refunds, including if the race is cancelled. If race officials determine a transfer has occurred, the runner’s time will be DQ’d and both runners will be banned from all our running events. All legitimate races have this policy, and it has to do with age group awards, qualifying times, and potential medical implications.
If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, will you give me a refund?
We do not allow refunds, but you can defer to 2024, downgrade to a shorter distance or transfer to the virtual event. See above.
Is there an age requirement to run ?
Yes. Marathon registrants must be at least 18 years of age on race day; Half Marathon, Relay and 10K registrants have to be at least 13 years of age. 5K participants have to be at least 6 years of age. No exceptions.
I have a team in the Relay, and one of the members can no longer participate. Can I replace them with another person?
Yes. Please send an email to [email protected] to request the change prior to December 8 or at the Expo until 6PM on Saturday December 9, 2023
PACKET PICKUP FAQ
Where do I pick up my race packet? When can I pick up my packet?
You must pick up your race packet (bib, shirt, goody bag) at the Expo at the Meyer Amphitheater.
Race packets for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay must be picked up at the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday December 8 (noon-6PM) or Saturday December 9 (10AM-6PM).
Race packets for the SunRun5K or 10K must be picked up at the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday December 8 (noon-6PM).
Please bring the race confirmation email and a photo ID.
There is NO packet pickup or race registration on race day, Sunday December 10. Please plan accordingly.
Health and Wellness Expo Location:
104 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
What do I need to bring to pick up my packet?
Please bring the race confirmation email and a photo ID
Can I have a friend or family member pick up my packet for me?
Yes. They will need to bring your race confirmation email and a copy of your photo ID.
Can I have my race bib and shirt mailed to me?
No. We do not mail out race bibs or shirts
Can I pick up my race packet on Sunday morning?
No. Race packets can only be picked up at the Ed Morse Automotive Group Health and Wellness Expo Friday or Saturday.
Can I register for a race at the Health and Wellness Expo?
Yes, unless the race is sold out. We cannot guarantee shirts or other swag for late registrations.
Where is the Health and Wellness Expo? What are the hours?
Ed Morse Automotive Group Health and Wellness Expo
104 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Friday, December 8 from noon to 6PM
Saturday, December 9 from 10AM to 6PM
Where do I park?
There are several public parking garages near the Meyer Amphitheater.
Where is the start/finish line?
The start and finish line for all races is located on Flagler Drive between Evernia and Datura Street by the Meyer Amphitheatre.
GPS: Use Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
What are the start times for each race?
The SunRun 5K and 10K start at 7:30AM on Saturday, December 9.
The Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay start at 6:00AM on December 10.
Are handcycles allowed?
Due to the nature of the course, it is not possible for handcycles to participate in the the full marathon, 10K or the relay. Handcycles are allowed in the half marathon and 5K. Should you like more informaton, please contact [email protected]
Do you offer pace teams?
Yes – read more about our pace team here.
Can I run with a stroller?
No. Runners with strollers will be disqualified. No exceptions.
Can I run with my dog?
Can I run with my personal trainer?
Personal trainers must register for the race. Only registered runners are allowed on the course.
Where do I park on the morning of the race?
We recommend that you park in one of the public parking garages.
Is the Garden of Life Palm Beaches Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the course has been certified by USA Track & Field and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
I live along the race course. Where can I find out about race day street closures?
As soon as we have finalized the route, information about road closures will be published on the race website (Event Info > Road Closures)
How long is the course open?
SunRun 5K and 10K: Roads open after 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay: Roads open after 6 hours. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals.
Is there a time limit to complete the race?
The 6 hour time limit means race officials will reopen streets to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis at a 15-18 minute per mile pace. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals. The finish line will remain open for 7.5 hours.
What is the marathon relay?
A 4-person team division dividing the Marathon distance over four relay legs. For all questions related to the relay, please contact [email protected]
Spectators are encouraged to watch their family and friends along the route. There will be several easily accessible vantage points and we will posting course maps and spectator viewing areas in the coming weeks! Make sure to grab your free cowbell at the Finish Line and make some noise!
FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL ATHLETES, ONLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ARE ALLOWED ON THE COURSE. PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR THEIR RACE BIB ON THE FRONT OF THEIR BODY.
STROLLERS, BICYCLES, ROLLER BLADES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS, UNOFFICIAL SUPPORT BICYCLISTS, PETS OR ANIMALS OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE.
On Course Aid Stations
Aid Stations approximately every mile (see map).
Portalets at every aid station and the relay exchange zone
We have water, Gatorade, fruit, bars and energy gels as well as medical support provided by Baptist Health, our bike support team from LC Tri Shop, and local EMS.
Medical staff available at each aid station. Main medical tent located next the race on village (Datura between Narcissus and Flagler Drive). On course medical tents located on N. Flagler Drive by 36th Street and on S. Flagler Drive by Sunset Ave.
Medical services provided by Baptist Health.
A big thank you to Leo and Angie Contreras at LC Tri Shop for providing and coordinating the bike support team.
Health & Wellness Expo
Join us for the 2023 Ed Morse Automotive Group Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your Official Race Packet, meet our sponsors and stop by vendor booths to discover sport & fitness products and services.
Ed Morse Automotive Group Health and Wellness Expo Location:
104 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Friday, December 8 from noon to 6PM
Saturday, December 9 from 10AM to 6PM
There is NO packet pickup or race registration on race day, Sunday December 10. Please plan accordingly.
Race packets for the SunRun5K and 10K must be picked up at the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday December 8 (noon-6PM). Limited packet pickup (shirt and bib) for the 5K and 10K will be available on Saturday 12/9 from 6AM to 7:15AM. Please note that the Goody Bag will not be available during the Saturday pickup until 10AM when the expo opens.
Please bring the race confirmation email and a photo ID.
Marathon, Half, Relay
Bill Bone 5K & 10K
Marathon Training Program
Train for the Palm Beaches Marathon with the Palm Beach Roadrunners | Powered by Baptist Health
“Are you ready to run your first marathon? Or maybe you’re a seasoned runner looking to improve your time? Either way, the Palm Beach Roadrunners can help you reach your goal.
Our 16-week training program is designed for runners of all levels, from beginners to experienced. We’ll provide you with the support and guidance you need to get to the finish line, safely and successfully.
Our program includes:
- Weekly group runs
- Informative seminars on topics like injury prevention, nutrition, and mental preparation
- Access to our experienced coaches and runners
We also offer a variety of other resources to help you train, including:
- A training log
- A running club forum
- A private Facebook group
The Palm Beaches Marathon is a beautiful and challenging race, and we want to help you make the most of it. Join our training program today and start your journey to the finish line!
Sign up for our training program today!
- Free for all Palm Beach Roadrunner members
- Open to runners of all levels
- Starts in August
We hope to see you on the starting line! ” – Palm Beach Roadrunners
The Pace Teams run with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to help you run your best!
We have partnered with MarathonPacing.com as our official Pace Team for the Garden of Life Palm Beaches Marathon and Half Marathon. Their Pace Leaders have paced over 19 marathons on average and are trained in CPR. The Pace Teams run with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to help you run your best!
What is a pace team?
A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who run together in the marathon. The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so that the group can achieve their goal of finishing the marathon at a particular time. There are wonderful benefits of running with a pace group. You’ll be supported by a cheerful leader and will be side by side with other runners sharing the same goal as you.
The Pace Team promises to provide fun and excitement for both first time, and experienced marathoners looking to reach their running goals – whether that’s a personal best, or just getting across the finish line.
PACE TEAM FAQ
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO RUN WITH A PACER?
Just stop by our table the Packet Pickup/Expo and we’ll discuss your race plan and make sure you’re in the proper pace group. You can also find us at the beginning of the race.
WHERE DO THE PACERS COME FROM?
All of our Pacers were chosen because of their years of running many marathons around the country but most importantly their extensive marathon pacing experience. Our Pacers are dynamic and personable, and know from past experience exactly what it takes to help you have a great marathon experience.
HOW WILL THE PACERS BE RUNNING THE RACE?
Every pace leader will be holding a steady pace throughout the marathon. These “even splits” are the best way to achieve your peak performance in the race. They will make appropriate adjustments for elevation changes and to deal with course crowding issues.
WHERE WILL MY PACE LEADER BE ON RACE MORNING?
About 30 minutes before the start we’ll be assembling in the starting area. Each Pacer will be holding up their pace sign so when you see it go and join up with the group. About 15 minutes before the start the Pacer will give you some last minute instructions about running with the group. They will talk about the course, what to do if you need a break, and how to make it through the water stops. We will be wearing our bright Pace Team uniforms. Now is the time to ask any last minute questions you may have.
PACE TEAM LINE UP
Goal Finish Time:
Both Full and Half Marathoners will run in the same Pace Groups
On this two loop course both full and half marathoners will run with the same Pacer
1:47/3:35 GOAL FINISH TIME (8:12/Mile) Pacer Jean-Louis
1:52/3:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (8:35/Mile) Pacer Maria
1:55/3:50 GOAL FINISH TIME (8:47/Mile) Pacer Dave
1:57/3:55 GOAL FINISH TIME (8:58/Mile) Pacer Prashantha
2:00/4:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (9:10/Mile) Pacer Scott & Pacer Mitch
2:02/4:05 GOAL FINISH TIME (9:21/Mile) Pacer Yoshiko
2:05/4:10 GOAL FINISH TIME (9:33/Mile) Pacer Keith
2:10/4:20 GOAL FINISH TIME (9:55/Mile) Pacer James
2:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (10:18/Mile) Pacer Alejandra
4:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (10:18/Mile) Pacer Adam
2:20/4:40 GOAL FINISH TIME (10:41/Mile) Pacer Alisa
2:30/5:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (11:26/Mile) Pacer Jeff
2:37/5:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (12:00/Mile) Pacer Tim
2:42/5:25 GOAL FINISH TIME (12:24/Mile) Pacer Jim
HALF MARATHON SWEEPER Pacer Marcela
Both Full and Half Marathoners will run in the same Pace Groups. The Pace Team is free to registered runners
- Race tech shirt. Short sleeve shirt for SunRun 5K and 10K participants; long sleeve shirt for the Half Marathon, Marathon, and Relay.
- Finisher medal
- Garden of Life goody bag (min. value $250) Every runner will receive a generous Garden of Life Goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pickup on December 9-10. Race bib required for goody bag pickup. *Garden of Life products may vary
- 4Ocean bracelet and stainless steel cup.
- Free race photos
- After party with food and beverages
- Electronic finisher certificate
Your bib, race shirt and goody bag will be available for pick up at the expo. Packets will not be mailed out and cannot be picked up after the event.
4ocean is a global ocean cleanup company dedicated to ending the ocean plastic crisis. A Certified B Corp, 4ocean is responsible for recovering millions of pounds of plastic and trash from the world’s oceans, rivers, and coastlines – funded primarily by the ocean-friendly products they sell. For every product sold, 4ocean captains and crews pull a pound of trash from the earth’s waters. Garden of Life is also a Certified B Corp and is the first major vitamin brand to go carbon neutral.
For the Garden of Life Palm Beaches Marathon, 4ocean has graciously offered to provide bracelets for participants, stainless steel cups and plastic offsets equivalent to 10,000 pounds of trash pulled from the ocean. They have also volunteered to assist in post-event cleanup and provide volunteers to help with the event.
GARDEN OF LIFE PALM BEACHES MARATHON
The mission of Special Olympics Florida 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, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Find out more about our local Special Olympics athletes below.
Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Surfing, and Track & Field
Bio: In the last 8 years as a Special Olympics athlete, Terrence has developed into both an excellent athlete and a young man committed to making the world a better place. His athletic career began in the 3rd grade when he picked up bowling and basketball. Since then, he has developed into a multi-sport athlete excelling in track & field, surfing and softball. Through his Special Olympics participation in basketball, Terrence has developed into a force to be reckoned with, earning his position as the team captain. His leadership extends beyond the court, so much that he has committed himself to the service of others. He is an active volunteer in his church, assisting wherever he is needed. Through his involvement in many Special Olympics fundraising events, he has cultivated a strong relationship with the West Palm Beach Police Department and volunteers to support them in various community initiatives. His impact does not go unnoticed and he continues to inspire those around him. Last year, he was the recipient of the Inspirational Athlete Award for his local program and was inducted into the Special Olympics Florida- Palm Beach County Hall of Fame as the Athlete of the Year.
Athlete Statement: “I love being the captain and supporting all the teams, not just mine. I love working together as a team and helping my teammates with their skills. If you work hard and believe in yourself, anything is possible.”
Sports: Triathlon, track and field, golf and more
Bio: Chris Nikic grew up with people regularly telling him what he couldn’t do. Fortunately, he ignored them. In November 2020, Chris made history, becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full IRONMAN race. That’s a 2.4-mile open-water swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon.
In the years since that historic performance, Chris has run multiple marathons and become an inspiration for people with intellectual disabilities around the world. He’s won an ESPY, been featured on HBO and had his story told by virtually every major media outlet on the planet.
A USA Games gold medal winner, he’s written a book with his father and has become a sought-after motivational speaker. He’s proud of all his achievements and loves to compete, but he’ll happily tell you one of the best things about Special Olympics Florida was finding a place that accepted him and gave him the opportunity to show what he could do.
Athlete Statement: “Special Olympics’ gift to me was inclusion.”
Bio: As recipient of the Athlete of the Year Award, Lindsay Fulop knows what it means to excel at the highest level. Her journey began with Special Olympics 35 years ago, and she has been unstoppable since. Growing up in a household grounded in sports, Lindsay much like her two sisters who were collegiate athletes, was gifted with an athletic ability. As a multi-sport Special Olympics athlete, she quickly established herself as world-class—winning multiple medals, namely at the 1995 and 2007 Special Olympics World Games. That said, Lindsay’s talents and accomplishments extend beyond the playing field. She is a Special Olympics Global Messenger, participated in the 2013 Special Olympics Athlete Congress and has been the Palm Beach County Athlete Input Council Chairperson since 2019, just to name a few. Besides the athletic accomplishments and accolades, Special Olympics has given Lindsay the opportunity to develop professionally, athletically and personally through sports. She enjoys the global exposure she has been awarded with her participation—the chance to train, compete and meet new friends locally, nationally and globally. Without Special Olympics, these opportunities may have never been possible.
Sports: Golf, Swimming, Track & Field, Stand Up Paddle, and Basketball
Statement: “Special Olympics Florida gives me a chance to discuss issues with other athletes and make my opinions heard.”
Bio: Subentz has been a Special Olympics Florida athlete for the last three years. Although he participates in various sports, his love for horseback riding has helped him develop into a very successful Equestrian. Subentz aspires to continue to spread happiness and bring joy to all those he meets through his participation as an athlete.
Sports: Track & Field, Basketball, Equestrian, and Bocce
Statement: “Being a part of Special Olympics Florida has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. To be respected and appreciated as a valuable member of the community is awesome.”
Bio: An athlete with Special Olympics Florida for at least 25, Morgan has made her mark in a long list of sports, including basketball, track, swimming and pickleball.
She’s competed at the Special Olympics USA Games, medaling in swimming in both 2006 and 2018. She is an Athlete Leader, a Global Messenger and a Special Olympics Health Messenger. Morgan also serves as an event chair for the Special Olympics Florida Race for Inclusion.
When she’s not competing, Morgan enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her teammates, meeting new people and seeing new places.
Morgan feels it’s important to spread the message of Special Olympics Florida, saying the world must treat Special Olympics Florida athletes and all people with intellectual disabilities with dignity and respect.
Sports: Basketball, track, swimming, pickleball
Athlete Statement: “Special Olympics Florida means the world to me — especially being able to travel and represent Special Olympics Florida with new and old friends.”
Bio: Adison is 11 years old and has been participating in Special Olympics since she was 3 years old. Her journey began with Young Athletes in Palm Beach County. When she was finally able to compete at 8 years old, she quickly developed a love for equestrian, the 25-meter dash and tennis ball throw. Adison may be young, but her talents are mighty! In her first year competing in equestrian she won a bronze medal at the State Competition. Additionally, she also won gold medals in both the 25m dash and the tennis ball throw at the 2019 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games. She enjoys meeting new friends along the way and cherishing the ones that she has had from the beginning. She loves to make her coaches proud and is very thankful for everything that they have done to get her where she is today.
Sports: Equestrian and Track & Field
Athlete Statement: “Participating and being included in sports like my peers is important to everyone.”
Bio: After Joanna moved to Florida from Canada at age 6, she developed a keen interest in sports. In middle school she participated in several sports through Special Olympics Florida. She has found a passion for track & field, bowling and is an integral part of the basketball team, through which she has won multiple medals. When Joanna is not participating in Special Olympics Florida events, she is working at her job at Lynn University or cheering on her favorite team– the Miami Heat!
Sports: Basketball and Track & Field
Athlete Statement: “Helping my teammates and supporting my team has been the best experience.”
Bio: I am a 10-year old girl who loves to dribble the basketball, surf, and run on the track with my teammates! I also love to sing in my choir at school. I have been in Special Olympics Florida since I was 4 years old. I have a lot of awards from all the sports I play, but my most cherished medals are from the state competition in basketball and surfing. I was scared to try new sports but being a part of Special Olympics Florida has built my confidence and improved my motor skills.
Sports: Basketball and Track & Field
Athlete Statement: “Special Olympics is not just for people with special needs. All people can enjoy and be a part of it.”
Caleb Prewitt has been part of Special Olympics Florida for 13 years, starting with the Young Athletes program. Now 16, he competes in multiple sports, including equestrian, golf, and triathlon.
A resident of Jacksonville, Caleb captured a silver medal at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. He was the youngest member of the tri team and is the youngest person with Down syndrome to complete a full-sprint triathlon. He’s also been invited to the 2024 World Triathlon Championships in Australia.
He serves as a USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador and has amassed a following of more than 43,000 on Instagram.
Caleb loves competing, but his parents say Special Olympics Florida’s real benefits have been twofold: It has shown him he can do remarkable things and it has given a place where he feels included and accepted. He’s now a confident young man who makes friends wherever he goes.
Sports:Triathlon, equestrian, golf
Athlete Statement: “People with Down syndrome have the same dreams as everyone else. They want to achieve great things, they want to be happy, and they want to be accepted. We’ve come a long way in making that possible, but there’s still work to do. Special Olympics Florida is part of that mission every day.”
Bio: Keith has been part of Special Olympics Florida for more than a decade, becoming something of a sports icon in the Palm Beach area.
He is a former Special Olympics Florida Palm Beach County Athlete of the Year and an inductee of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2022, he headed to Orlando to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games in both cheerleading and golf.
Golf is his specialty, but Keith has captured medals and ribbons in virtually every sport he’s attempted, including swimming, basketball, bowling, bocce, and cheerleading.
Keith trains and competes hard, but, to him, the Special Olympics movement is about much more than winning. It has taught him life skills like teamwork, persistence, and good sportsmanship. He raises up the athletes around him, celebrating their achievements on his social media platforms and cheering them on at events.
Sports: Basketball, bowling, golf, swimming, and more
Athlete Statement: “Being part of Special Olympics Florida has helped me believe in myself and have fun.”
Bio: Melissa Riveros has been involved with Special Olympics for over 30 years. She competes in a variety of events such as swimming, tennis and bowling. Outside of Special Olympics Florida, she loves singing, dancing, listening to music and drawing. Her most memorable accomplishments include participating in the 2006 Special Olympics USA Games, being named Athlete of the year in 2008, and honored with the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Athlete Award. She has also represented Palm Beach County at Special Olympics Florida Champions Gala in Orlando.
Sports: Swimming, Bowling and Tennis
Athlete Statement: “The most rewarding experience is being part of a group of friends and athletes in all the activities. Special Olympics provides the opportunity to grow in a social, physical and emotional way.”
Bio: Marlynne Stutzman is almost as comfortable in the water as she is out. She’s such a strong swimmer her friends have nicknamed her “The Fish” – which is also a clever nod to her first name. A Special Olympics Florida athlete for more than a decade, she’s participated in soccer, basketball, track, triathlon, swimming and flag football.
In April 2023, Marlynne joined the ranks of elite runners, competing in the world-famous Boston Marathon. She finished the race in 4 hours and 25 minutes. It was, she said, “a dream come true.” Marlynne, a gold medalist at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, followed that up by flying to Slovakia in May to represent Special Olympics Florida in an international triathlon.
Most recently, Marlynne made history when she completed a full IRONMAN at the World IRONMAN Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In doing so, she became the first person with autism to run the Boston Marathon and complete the course in Kona.
Marlynne, who lives in Pasco County, is also a Special Olympics Health Messenger who uses her platform to encourage fellow athletes to stay active and eat healthy.
Sports: Soccer, basketball, track, triathlon, swimming and flag football
Athlete Statement:“I’ve been able to become an elite athlete because of the support people provide Special Olympics Florida. Every day, you help athletes like me dream bigger and reach higher.”
Bio: I have been a Special Olympics athlete for 21 years. I train and compete in Tennis, Bowling and Surfing. Tennis is my favorite sport as I train year-round, and it gives me confidence as I improve my game. I now play in a men’s league in my county as well as in Special Olympics, and I have had success in both. In the last ten years I have won multiple gold and silver medals at the Special Olympics North American Tennis Championships, namely in 2015 when I won gold for both singles and doubles!
Sports: Tennis, Bowling, and Surfing
Athlete Statement: “Athlete Leadership is important to me because it means my voice is being heard in the dialogue for Special Olympics.”
Bio: Katherine is 27 years old and has been with Special Olympics for 15 years. Through her participation, she has grown athletically, professionally and socially. She loves to train and compete year-round in a variety of sports. Her involvement in Special Olympics Athlete Leadership empowers her to give back and help others. When she is not busy competing, she is volunteering in the community and teaching others all about Special Olympics Florida.
Sports: Swimming, Surfing, Bowling, Track & Field, and Basketball
Athlete Statement: “I loved being one of the four athletes chosen to run the torch at the Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games. It was at ESPN Wide World of Sports with thousands of people in the stands and hundreds of law enforcement representatives on the field. I felt like I was part of something very special and important. Special Olympics to me means being accepted by everyone and people seeing past my difficulties and loving me for who I am.”
Bio: Adrienne Bunn has been training and competing since the age of 9. One of Special Olympics Florida’s first triathletes, she credits Special Olympics Florida with building her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Adrienne was diagnosed with autism at age 4 and began therapeutic horseback riding to improve her speech, balance, social skills and focus. After riding for several years, she joined the Marion County Equestrian Team and fell in love with the sport. Through Special Olympics Florida, she found a community of supportive families, coaches, Unified partners, volunteers and friends.
She also dove into new sports, competing in swimming, track and field, cycling, volleyball, basketball, and golf. She found her passion when Special Olympics Florida added triathlon, establishing herself as a talented and determined competitor.
At the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, she won gold and bronze. And just in the fall of 2023, she finished first in her division at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In doing so, Adrienne, who’s 18, established a new world record becoming the youngest person with autism to complete the race.
Sports: Equestrian, triathlon, volleyball, basketball, golf
Athlete Statement: “My advice to other athletes with autism is never give up. Put your mind to anything that is possible.”
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