Photo Credits: Freddie B. Photography™
When Luke Farnell, the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Manager of Law Enforcement Torch Run & Special Events, mentioned to me during a phone conversation that a Special Needs athlete was going to participate in the upcoming LA Marathon as part of the SOSC team, I did not hesitate one iota to agree to cover the athlete and his involvement. Little did I know the athlete would be one I became friends with when I had the privilege of working with him on a couple of occasions, and captured images of, during my involvement with the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles in the latter part of last year.
In my past 30 years of living in Southern California, I never attended the LA Marathon, either as a spectator or a participant for a variety of reasons. But that has now changed and for a very good reason - the involvement in the marathon of an organization that I believe in so much, and have received an abundance of overwhelming and emotional inspiration from over the course of the last year, The Special Olympics.