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Harlem High School hosts Special Olympics

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Runners await the start of relay race Runners await the start of relay race

By Michael Peppers

MACHESNEY PARK-(WREX)

Athleticism, team work and courage all go on display at Harlem High School.

Nearly 700 athletes descended on the school's track and field for the annual Special Olympics. The sporting event featured hundreds of activities for disabled athletes, including track relays. Teams were given medals after each event.

"It isn't easy to get medals for gold, silver or bronze," said Twin City Schools athlete,  Jacob Martinez.  "It's coming out here showing your courage, your bravery and as well as your team work."

Twin City Schools teammate Andrew Kennedy agrees.

"It's been more like an honor because I have [teammates] I can rely on," he said. 

It's estimated that more than 600 volunteers were on hand to help out.

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