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Around 600 athletes participate in Special Olympics competition in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Around 600 athletes competed at Milton Frank Stadium Tuesday in the North Alabama Special Olympics Track and Field events.

Now in its 49th year, the competition showcases the positive benefits of sport for all athletes.

Competitors, ranging in age from 8 to 65, participated in the following events: running and standing long jump, softball throw, 20 meter walk, 100 meter dash, 50 meter dash, 200 meter run, shotput, 50 meter assisted walk and wheelchair-pushed.

The athletes represented Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, Huntsville City Schools and the Opportunity Center. Each received a ribbon during the awards ceremony and all qualifying athletes will go on to compete in the state-level Special Olympics this spring.

AEgis Technologies has been the sponsor and coordinator for the last six years. More than 1,600 volunteers came together to support the athletes.