Skylar's Run benefits Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett

SUWANEE -- Skylar Gwin, 22, is a young man with muscular dystrophy, but that hasn't stopped him from competing in 5K and 10K marathons ever since he was a child.

On Saturday, the sixth annual Skylar's Run will benefit Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett. It's fitting too, since Gwin is a student of the school.

"Skylar's been a student of ours since he was 2 years old," said Elinore Trotter, principal of Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett.

Trotter said Saturday's event, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants, "is important to us. It's a real fun thing, where families get together and help Skylar, and Skylar helps us."

Added Trotter: "His parents have been very, very supportive of the school, and they've done a lot of fundraising for us."

Runners come from across the country to compete in the event. The first event six years ago brought out 26 runners, while it has grown now to more than 1,000. Almost $5,000 was raised in the last two years to help fund programs for children with special needs.

The event Saturday at Suwanee Town Center Park Amphitheater begins at 7:30 a.m. with Skylar's Run 5K; Skylar's Fun Run is at 8:15 a.m.; Skylar's Run 10K Peachtree Qualifier is at 8:30 a.m.

To register, show up plenty of time before each race begins. For more information, visit www.averagejoesracing.com/index.html.