Going Over the Edge for New Mexico Special Olympics
Having recently discovered firsthand how important a part Special Olympics plays in the lives of many intellectually disabled New Mexicans, I take great pleasure in drawing Alibi readers' attention to one of Special Olympics New Mexico's more interesting events. The culmination of months of fundraising by individuals and businesses, tomorrow is the day both Special Olympics athletes and coaches, partners and financial supporters are rewarded for their hard work—by climbing over the edge of the New Mexico Bank and Trust building (320 Gold SW) in Downtown Albuquerque and rappelling 16 stories down the west side.
While admitting that it is an exhilarating experience, one of last year's participants stresses that it is just plain unnatural-feeling (and frightening) to climb over the side of a 16-story building. I can tell you it is pretty entertaining to watch and an unusual sight in Downtown Albuquerque, almost as if Philippe Petit has come to town. The donations raised go toward a host of things including sports equipment, medals, health screenings and travel expenses. Participants start going over the edge of the building at 9am and can be watched best from anywhere along Fourth Street between Gold and Silver. Event is free. New Mexico Bank and Trust • Fri Sep 19 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar