More than 180 runners and walkers gathered on Saturday, April 8, on the campus of Kansas Elementary School in Kansas with one goal in mind.

They were working together to raise funds for the district's Special Olympics program.

The race, the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event, was set to bring in at least $3,500, through event signups, corporate sponsors, "ghost runners" - individuals who helped pay for entries for those in financial need, and the post-race spaghetti feed.

Vicki Joice, organizer, said school officials will use the funds to help offset costs of upcoming events including flag football and potentially the state games in Stillwater.

Joice was aided by a crew of individuals including Leslie Gregory, Pam Snell, Mary Oakball, Shelly Tennison and Betty Harp.

Joice said the event could not be possible without community and school district support. 

"This brings the community and school together, to raise awareness that we have Special Olympic athletes who need support," Joice said.