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Rappellers Scale Down 350-Foot Financial Center to Benefit Special Olympics

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DES MOINES, Iowa - It looks like the worst nightmare for one with acrophobia, but nearly 100 brave volunteers rappelled almost 350 feet down the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines Wednesday to raise money for the Special Olympics of Iowa.

"I look at some of these athletes every year, and I watch some of the accomplishments they make, and some of the things they overcome. And I think it's just a worthwhile cause, in general." said Clint Pursley, a rappeller.

Over the Edge, as the event is called, is in its fifth year in Des Moines. All funds raised support year-round sports training and competition in more than 20 Olympic-style sports for over 12,000 children and adult athletes across the state.

All participants in Over the Edge had to raise $1,000 to take the challenge, and the Special Olympics of Iowa estimates they raised a record-breaking $110,000 from this year's event.

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