Special Olympics athletes headed back to Craig

By TERRANCE VESTAL

Daily press

The Craig Kiwanis Club and Moffat County will once again host the regional Special Olympics competition May 11 at Moffat County High School.

The event, which is expected to draw more than 100 athletes to the area, will kick off on May 10 with a dinner cooked by the Kiwanis Club at the "Olympic Village," Rick Allen, western area coordinator for the Special Olympics spring games, said.

The civic organization has sponsored the event in Craig for several years.

The village, which is set up at Moffat County High School, will consist of booths and games and will give coaches a chance to receive any special instructions.

"This is the qualifying meet for the state summer games," Allen said. "It gives these athletes, no matter what their ability, the chance to compete and qualify for state and maybe the world events."

Allen said the event in Craig does draw world-class athletes.

The events of the spring games include track and field, sprints, dashes, the decathlon, bicycling, swimming, weightlifting and power lifting.

"People would be surprised to see the level of competition," Allen said.

"The skill level and courage that these athletes show is incredible. It's important to them as it is for non-disabled athletes in the regular Olympics."

While the Craig Kiwanis Club spearheads the event, several local businesses and residents donate their time, money and goods to the effort.

Allen urged area residents to make time to see the events.

"When these athletes are given their medals and their ribbons the looks on their faces it's like they set a world record," Allen said. "It's just incredible."

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