Hundreds tie their laces for the Special Olympics Track and Field Day

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year again where hundreds of Special Olympic athletes put on their running shoes to compete in various track and field events.

For the very first time, this year’s spring games took place at Ashley High School.

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Special Olympic athletes from all area schools and group homes of all ages were invited to come out for a free day of fun in the sun.

They had everything from races, long jump, softball toss, abilities courses, and much more.

While some athletes said today was all about spending time with friends, others were all about the competition.

“I came in first place. And anyone who wants to challenge me I’m ready for it. Come on,” athlete, Orlando Boykin said.

“I just come here to see and have fun like other people. And see what I can accomplish and what I’m good at. And it’s about having a fun time, hanging out with your friends,” athlete, Ian Lerch said.

Organizers said Track and Field Day has been up and running for more than ten years, adding that this year was by far the largest event with close to 200 athletes competing for medals.