Meet Jamie Staton's Virtual Running Team: Mile 5 
Name: Doug Dolan

Age: 42

Local Program: Team Uncanoonuc

Sports: Athletics, Bocce, Bowling & Soccer

One day while I was at home, I received a phone call. On the other side of the line, it was someone who informed me that I was chosen to represent New Hampshire to go to the USA Games in New Jersey. I have never been so excited my whole life! It felt like all the hard work that I have put in over the years had paid off.

Once we got to New Jersey, we not only competed but we got to go to a baseball game and went on a cruise to see New York.  It was so much fun! I got to meet other athletes from different states and even people from New Hampshire that I didn't know before.  I get to see my NH friends every year at the Summer Games at UNH.

Being given the opportunity to represent NH was an amazing experience!

Name: Stephen Parsons

Age: 20

Local Program: Merrimack Tigers

Sports: Athletics, basketball, bowling & volleyball

Last year I decided to participate in the Special Olympics NH Get Fit for Sport Challenge.  It is a program designed to motivate people of all ages to be physically active on a regular basis by participating in activities they enjoy.

I wanted to do this program and be in shape for the SONH Rail Trail Rally which takes place at Proctor Academy.  I wanted to do the 20 mile bike ride. So I set my mind to it and I  pushed myself to work out and every day I would bike too.

I never gave up.  There were days where I didn't want to do it, but I thought to myself, "you have come so far, do not give up," and I didn't!  The program started August 29th and went until October 1st.  Since the challenge started, I've lost 70 lbs! I feel amazing about myself. It has been a challenge, but it shows me that I am capable of doing whatever I set my mind too.