Broome-Tioga Special Olympics: Running with spirit

By Erika Mahoney

May 4, 2013 Updated May 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM EDT

Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Months of training for about 450 local athletes paid off Saturday in the biggest event for Broome-Tioga Special Olympics.

Competition kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with the ceremonial torch run.

Action News anchor Dave Greber and Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges were there to run the Special Olympic torch.

The event involves competitions from running to a softball toss to Frisbee.

The area coordinator and event director said it's amazing to see confidence grow in the athletes.

"I had an athlete who, after she won, she asked me very haltingly, if it was okay to feel good about herself," John Crosby said. "So she had just never experienced what you think the rest of would have. That you practiced, worked hard and then won. And that's the way it's supposed to be."

Crosby says the athletes have been training for about five weeks, and volunteers have been preparing for almost just as long.

If you want to become a volunteer, contact Crosby at (607) 687-2957 or at johncrosby@stny.rr.com.