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Want to Rappel Down a 22-Story Building to Help the Special Olympics?

Get an adrenaline rush for a good cause.

Special Olympics Texas returns to Dallas this weekend with an unusual fundraising event that will have participants leaping down a high rise. Those who raise $1,200 or more will be rewarded with the terrifying-slash-awesome experience of rappelling down the 22 story office tower known as Union Dallas. You’ll do so on Friday, November 1 or Saturday, November 2. Sorry for the late notice, but that means you only have a few days to register and ask people for money if you want to face your fear!

All proceeds from the event go to Special Olympics Texas, a privately funded non-profit organization that uses sports to encourage and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Its services reach more than 58,800 children and adults in Texas. Over The Edge has a fundraising goal of $100,000, and, as of this writing Tuesday afternoon, it has brought in a little more than $22,000 through 235 donors. (You can make contributions to others’ efforts, or register yourself here.) 

Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall will be one of many daredevils to rappel down The Union this weekend. The descent takes between five to 15 minutes, with speed controlled by the participant. The activity requires no prior experience, but there will be a short training session on site.

If you’d rather watch from solid ground, neighboring restaurant TacoLingo is offering discounted drinks and street tacos to spectators during the weekend’s events.

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