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Take a $1,000 leap Oct. 12 for Special Olympics cause

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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    Over the Edge will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. For more information, visit www.overtheedgenc.com.



For just $1,000, Charlotte residents can rappel down one of the city’s skyscrapers as part of Special Olympics NC’s annual fundraiser.

During the third annual Over the Edge, participants who have raised the $1,000 can rappel 23 stories down the Fifth Third Center, from the 30th floor to the seventh.

During the first two years, the event was held at The Vue, and participants descended from the 43rd floor to the 10th floor.

“This is a really unique event that anybody can do. You don’t have to have rappelling experience to participate,” said Susan Doggett, Special Olympics development director.

And, for the first time this year, 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games silver medalist Katie Carter of Charlotte will go Over the Edge along with two of her Special Olympics coaches, Cassidy Smith and Andrea Neill.

Carter has been participating in Special Olympics for more than 16 years. She competes in aquatics, basketball, ice-skating and soccer.

She returned from the Republic of Korea in February, after winning a silver medal in figure-skating at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Doggett said the organization hopes to raise $100,000 and see between 80 and 100 participants during this year’s Over the Edge event.

Last year, the event had about 75 participants, she said.

The funds will help send athletes to the Special Olympics, she said, noting that athletes are not charged a fee to compete.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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