RPD officer to run 50 straight hours for Special Olympics

Brett Sobieraski's 50-hour trek will take place along the Erie Canal, starting in Buffalo at 9 am Friday morning, and wrapping up Sunday around 11 am in Syracuse. (photo provided by Special Olympics New York)

Sergeant Brett Sobieraski of the Rochester Police Department will take part in a true test of endurance this weekend, to benefit the Special Olympics.

As the annual games celebrates 50 years, Sgt. Sobieraski will run 50 straight hours to try and raise $10,000 for the Special Olympics.

The 50-hour trek will take place along the Erie Canal, starting in Buffalo at 9 a.m. Friday morning, and wrapping up Sunday around 11 a.m. in Syracuse.

Sobieraski, who's been with the RPD for 30 years, is encouraging others to come run by his side, to break up the monotony.

The $10,000 he hopes to raise will help divert costs for the athletes to train and compete.

“This 50 for 50 run is with the hope to raise money so every athlete that wishes to compete through Special Olympics New York has the opportunity to do so,” said Sobieraski in a statement to the media. “No one should be left behind and everyone should experience their own form of greatness through competition within this amazing organization.”

“Every day we empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. But for every Special Olympics champion, there is another who is waiting for a chance to win,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude and if it wasn’t for faithful supporters like Sergeant Sobieraski we wouldn’t exist.”

Donations to support Sobieraski’s goal can be made by clicking here or through his Facebook page, by clicking here.

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