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Celebrate the Special Olympics Saturday in Cloquet

Opening ceremonies for the Minnesota Special Olympics Area 3 Track and Field competition will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 20, and feature the Cloquet Area Honor Guard and the six different teams participating, with a short pause for athletes who have passed away since the previous year. The event is free and open to the general public.

A 5K race starts at 7 a.m. but most of the track and field competition events will begin around 10 a.m., according to Kyle Maunu, Pinewood Inc. coach and co-organizer of the Area 3 event, which includes teams from around the Arrowhead region and as far away as Grand Rapids.

Maunu said he expects between 200 and 300 participants, noting that Pinewood Inc. — one of two hometown teams along with Cloquet Senior High — will field about 28 athletes.

"There are so many different people involved to make this a success," said Maunu. "Track and field athletes from the senior high help out, plus lots of volunteers from the Golden K Kiwanis and other area organizations. It's just great."

Awards go on throughout the day and there are concessions available for purchase.