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Athletes compete in 10th annual Special Olympics in Girard

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GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The community came out to Girard to cheer on Special Olympic atheletes as they competed on Saturday.

The 10th annual event was held at Girard High School. Teams from several counties in the area participated. 

Plus, more than 150 volunteers from Girard City Schools helped out with the competition. Some even stood at the finish line as huggers to greet the athletes. 

One competitor was Special Olympics veteran and blind runner Matthew Chronister. He competed in the 100-meter dash and the javelin. 

“I just love competing and I do good at state each year,” said Chronister.

Chronister is blind, but he had an assistant who ran beside him with a rope to guide him through the 100-meter dash.

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