Special Olympics Athletes Compete in 125th Penn Relays
The 125th running of the Penn Relays once again featured Special Olympics athletes and Unified sports events. More than 80 athletes and unified partners from the states of Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania participated in running events.
Special Olympics athletes competed in the female 100-meter dash, male 100-meter dash, and 4x100 meter relay competitions. Pennsylvania had 32 athletes participating from Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Carbon counties, as well as athletes from local participating Unified Champions Schools - Souderton High School (Montgomery) and J. P. McCaskey High School (Lancaster).
Congratulations to Florida Storm for coming in first in the traditional 4x100 (51.76) and Florida Blaze for winning the Unified 4x100 (47.47). And in the 100m, William Gaddis (NC) took first in the men's heat (12.40) and Cheyenne Burton (PA) took first in the women's race (15.50)!
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The Penn Relays has provided competition for more athletes than any other track meet in the world. The goal of the Penn Relays is to provide the best competition for the greatest number of participants of all ages, levels and abilities in track. This year there was more than 22,000 entries, about half of whom were high schoolers, and the three-day attendance was forecasted to top 100,000 for the third year in a row. Saturday attendance has averaged 45,000 for the last six years, and makes the meet the best attended track event in the United States each year, and one of the best attended in the world.