NORMAL — The Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 Spring Games will be Sunday at Normal West High School.
Nearly 250 Special Olympics athletes from seven Central Illinois counties will compete in athletics (track and field), the most popular of 19 sports offered by Special Olympics Illinois. Counties represented will be DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.
There will be an Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Competition will follow immediately and run until about 2 p.m. Athletes compete in divisions by gender and ability levels. The public is invited to watch the competition and experience the joy of achievement by the athletes.
Events include the 50-, 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs; standing and running long jumps; shot put; tennis and softball throw; 100-, 400- and 800-meter walk races; wheelchair competitions and assisted races.
To compete in the Spring Games, athletes must train for eight weeks. Those who win gold medals will qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on June 12-14 at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan.