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Athletes Face the Heat at Special Olympics

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Many athletes faced the scorching heat Saturday all to set their new personal bests at the Special Olympics Summer Games.

More than a thousand athletes across the state who qualified at the Summer Olympics Regionals took their efforts to compete in Saturday's state competition.

Athletes were tested with track and field events and showing their strength during a power lifting competition.

Tomorrow the race will conclude with aquatics, soccer, and runners who will compete in anything below the 400 meter dash.

"It feels very gratifying and I really love Special Olympics. I've done it since I was ten years old. I'm also going to be doing softball coming up soon," said David Riley, a Special Olympics Athlete.

A second competitor, Alexa Barricklow said, "I make a couple of good friends and I meet some new volunteers. I try to converse with them and share something's in common and connect."

Sunday is the last day for the state competition. Rhe public is welcome to the free event to cheer on the athletes at Stocker Stadium.

The celebration for these athletes will continue Saturday night at CMU and end with a fireworks display.


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