Special Olympic athletes participating in fitness challenge

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BRATTLEBORO — Due to COVID-19 concerns, athletic events have been postponed indefinitely for the Special Olympic athletes of Vermont. But behind the scenes, these athletes have been given an At Home Fitness Challenge so that when the quarantine ends, they will be ready to jump right in where they left off.

Six Special Olympians from Windham County have stepped up to this challenge. They are walking, hiking, jogging, biking, doing yoga, stretching, and generally staying fit. These athletes have made personal commitments to Special Olympics Vermont to complete this eight-week challenge.

This week marks the seventh week of this commitment. Athletes will receive medals for reaching or surpassing their commitment goals.

"I like getting my groove on. It's almost like PE class in my living room," said Sammantha Pelton, whose favorite activities are walking, basketball, soccer, using the trampoline, and riding her trike.

Mike Curtis has been walking and hiking. Kachina Lee Autenrieth enjoys walking with her dogs and working out on an Elliptical. Emma Davis likes walking, hiking, and doing yoga. Dee Hamilton has been working on stretches and strengthening exercises. Katharine Bruenig does regular walking loops around her neighborhood.

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