PHOTOS: Local Man Rappels 40 Stories Down Skyscraper For Special Olympics

Last Saturday (Aug. 14th), a Normandy Park man who uses the pseudonym “Sam the Sausage” (aka “John Nelson”) took part in a thrilling fundraiser for Special Olympics called “Over The Edge” (see our previous coverage here).

In this event, Mr. Nelson Mr. Sausage, risked his life by rappelling down the 40-story, uniquely-shaped Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle to help raise money for this worthy cause.

Nelson Sausage, along with 126 other rappellers, helped bring in over $181,000.

According to Ashley Stanfield, Development Director for Special Olympics, no previous climbing or rappelling experience was required, “just enough courage to step out Over the Edge.”

Ashley adds:

A training center was set up on the roof of the skyscraper, where there is about a 25-foot ledge participants practiced rappelling from.

The gear is fairly easy to get a hang of and the training location allows people to try out what it is like to sit in a harness and use the industrial hand held descender device.

Yeah, then they really got to try it out by rappelling 40 stories straight down!

What’s next for Nelson Sausage? After the rappel, he’s setting his sights on the quintessential prize in the world of meat – that’s right, he’s planning on competing in this year’s Burien Brat Trot, coming up Sunday, Sept. 19th in Olde Burien. He expects to take top honors, upsetting local sausage “Bret the Brat.”

If you’re interested in registering to run in the 2010 Brat Trot, click here – the fee is only $35, but act fast, because the price goes up Sept. 1st. The 5k run was developed in 2009 as a way to gather the community together, Octoberfest style, for an afternoon of exercise followed by a celebration. In the spirit of community the Brat Trot also raises critical funds for two local non-profits Safe Kids King County South and WestSide Baby. Both organizations support injury prevention through education and access by providing needy families with essentials such as car seats and cribs. The brainchild of Tin Room owner Danny House (aka Dan the Sausageman), the race raised nearly $25,000 in 2009 and equally important drew more than 700 people together for a day of fun and festivities.

The 5K race begins on SW 152nd widely circling Lake Burien and finishes to cheering crowds around the corner of 10th and back onto SW 152nd. 2010 brings the addition of a 1 mile+ “Seize the Sausage” race perfect for kids and adults alike looking for a shorter venue. Runners can dash out, grab their Bratton and race back to the same finish line as those in the 5K.

If you’re a business interested in sponsoring this year’s fundraiser (we’re sponsors!), click here to download a PDF document with more info.

Courtesy Photographer Daniel M. Wilk comes this Photo Slideshow of Mr. Sausage’s fearless feat:

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