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Over 400 athletes participate in the Special Olympics

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV) -

Due to the weather, athletes competing in the Special Olympics moved their events indoors to Dordt College's Recreation Center, Saturday.

Approximately 445 athletes representing several northwest Iowa counties participated.

After the opening ceremonies, track and field events kicked off, followed by the relays.

Athletes, ages 8-70, were able to participate in two events and run with a relay team.

Organizers hope the athletes can take a break from the competition, and have some fun.

"It is just such a fun day, and we have one parent that once said to us, and it was hard for us to imagine, but he said 'this day was as important to his son as Christmas,'" said Peggy Koele, Special Olympic Iowa Northwest Director.

Special Olympics Iowa has served children and adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968.

They provide training and competitions in 23 Olympic-type sports for nearly 11,000 local athletes.

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