MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Special Olympics athletes are gearing up for the GEICO Road Race this weekend. The Georgia Area 7 Team has been busy practicing at East Macon Park. Nandi Issac is one of 1,300 participants who will hit the pavement Saturday, March 3.
"It helps me, it encourages me and stay balance," said Nandi Issac, Special Olympics Athlete.
Whether Nandi's training for an event or looking for a fun afternoon, she has a cheering squad on her side and she makes sure to return the love.
"I encourage them with whatever they do, put their mind to it and put their heart where their mind is," said Issac.
"Nandi has an excellent attitude and wants to excel in anything that she does," said Jesse Griggers, Special Olympics Coach/Volunteer.
Jesse Griggers has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for more than 40 years. He's coached Nandi for nearly seven years.
"She is more confident than she use to be and she's very goal oriented," explained Griggers.
Nandi has Downs Syndrome and is legally blind, but the athlete says she's learned how to overcome life's obstacles.
"It's very challenging and I had a lot of help along the way," said Isaac.
Nandi is a photographer with the shutterbug club, and she is now the proud owner of ScanwithNan. Nandi can cherish and preserve your photographs through photo scanning. You can learn more about ScanwithNan at (478) 757-0881.
"That was a big step for her and without Special Olympics I don't think she would have had the confidence to do that, said Griggers.
"I was lost and alone, but when I came to Special Olympics it totally changed me, explained Isaac.
With race day approaching, as you can imagine, Nandi is confident she'll cross the finish line and fast.
The GEICO Road Race- Saturday, March 3
GEICO (old building) 4295 Ocmulgee East Blvd, Macon
Start time is 9am
$10 19 and under
90% of budget for the Middle Georgia Special Olympics is raised through this event.