Their running shoes hit the track as they race for the gold. The crowd is cheering. Hearts are pounding. All their training boils down to this moment. This will be the reality for the 400 people competing in the North Alabama Special Olympics.
OK, so they might not be Usain Bolt, but on October 25, they will push themselves harder than most people will in hopes of taking home the top medals.
The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at Milton Frank Stadium, and the games will run through 1 p.m.
This is the 49th year for the local Special Olympics track and field competition. Event competitors will range from ages 8 to 65 and represent Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, Huntsville City Schools and the Opportunity Center.
AEgis Technologies and local school systems teamed up for the games.
“AEgis is once again honored to be a part of this incredible event and help support a wonderful community of special needs athletes and their families. Our employees look forward to this event every year and are proud to give their time to such an important cause,” said Camille Gardner, AEgis Director of Corporate Business and Proposal Development and Special Olympics Chair.
Those 400 athletes will be competing in the following events: running and standing long jump, softball throw, 20-meter walk, 100-meter dash, 50-meter dash, 200-meter run, shot put, 50-meter assisted walk and wheelchair-pushed.
Those who qualify will move on to the Alabama Special Olympics.
Of course, the Community Journal thinks they’re all winners.