The rain wasn’t enough to stop over 130 young athletes from competing in the Marshall County Special Olympics Track & Field event on Thursday.
This is the 31st year for the event, which was scheduled to be held on the John Marshall soccer field. But students had to move everything into the gym at the last minute due to the sloppy conditions outside.
Athletes from all over the county took part in today’s activities, which included running, jumping and throwing events. Medals were awarded for the top three finishers in each event.
“The kids love it,” said Catherine Folmar, Marshall County’s Special Olympics co-coordinator. “This is their favorite day of the year. It doesn’t matter rain or shine. We were lucky enough to have the agriculture department at John Marshall move everything from outside, inside.”
Katelyn Steiman was one of the participating athletes. “It’s really really cool seeing my friends compete with each other and having so much fun,” she said.
Students from John Marshall and Cameron High Schools served as peer tutors for the athletes. Representatives from several area businesses and organizations volunteered their time to help with the event. Everyone involved received a free t-shirt.