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Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games kick off in Dubuque


Special Olympics Iowa celebrated the opening ceremonies of the 27th annual winter games Monday evening in Dubuque.

This year, a record number of 406 athletes will compete in sports, ranging from speed skating to downhill skiing.

All the events will go on, despite the lack of snow in some areas - even snow shoeing.

"It's called grass shoeing, but we're going to make it work," Special Olympics Iowa president and CEO Mark Reed said. "We did it about three years ago, and it worked just fine, and our athletes' times are a little bit faster than they normally would be, but otherwise, they wear the snow shoes, they'll still be on the same track that they do. They just won't have to deal with snow."

Click HERE for a link to the schedule of Winter Games events. The public is encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes, who can range from eight-years-old to people in their 80s.

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