ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Special Olympics Maine Summer Games are this weekend, and athletes from all over the state gathered at the University of Maine campus to get ready to compete.
Over 1,500 athletes of all ages registered for this weekend's competition, and they have come from all over the state to show off their skills.
Some of the events they will be competing in are bocce ball, bowling, softball and track and field. This weekend is the state finals, so all the athletes have been training hard to get here.
Maine residents took to the streets to support the athletes competing this weekend. The Special Olympics torch has been carried across the state by volunteers hoping to raise money for the cause. The torch arrived in Bangor this afternoon, carried by the 101st Security Force Squadron, and was passed off to Bangor Law Enforcement volunteers. Those who participated in the run said this was their chance to highlight all the hard work of Special Olympics athletes.
"This is their shining moment for the year," said Walter Dow, who helped carry the torch from Skowhegan. "This is something that is very special to them, and this is a small part that we can do to help them out."
Tomorrow's activities begin at 8:30 AM, and will be happening rain or shine.