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The Special Olympics are back!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on June 25, 2009 at 6:28 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

The Special Olympics State Games


If you enjoyed the Special Olympics World Winter Games in February, you can recapture that same feeling this weekend! The state games are this Friday and Saturday... and you can be a part of it.


Torch Run:

This weekend, you can cheer on the athletes and take part in the "2009 Final Leg Torch Run" -

When: Friday, June 26th at 2pm.
*Registration will begin at 1pm.

Where: The run will start at Julia Davis Park then go through downtown Boise ending at City Hall. (Mayor Dave Beiter will give a speech at City Hall)

Why: The torch run is a great event that helps raise awareness for local Special Olympic athletes. This is your chance to run with local Law Enforcement Officers and athletes to help raise money for Special Olympics Idaho.

Opening Ceremony:

Friday night @ 7:30am is the Opening Ceremony at Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium! 21-year-old Coty McMurry from Payette will be the lucky athlete to light the Cauldron. (He'll be participating in Track and Field events this weekend)


Here is a full schedule of events:

2009 State Summer Games:

Friday, June 26, 2009
Law Enforcement Torch Run: 1pm, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park
Mayor Dave Beiter Address: 2:30pm, Boise City Hall
Opening Ceremony: 7:30pm, Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Aquatics: 9am, West Boise YMCA
Power lifting: 9am, West Boise YMCA
Track and Field: 9am, Boise High School
Cycling: 9am, SE Corner of Apple St. and Parkcenter Blvd. (old K-Mart parking lot)
Basketball: 8am, Timberline High School