Special Olympics Summer Games come to a close

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Spearfish, SD Athletes crossed the finish line on the final day of the Special Olympics' Summer Games, Saturday.

Events in track and field took over Black Hills State University.

More than 600 competitors from across South Dakota were on campus this weekend for the annual state games.

The event is the finale on months of training, but parents say it's the overwhelming support that keeps the athletes going.

Laura Wagemann, a parent, said "It is a lot of fun watching the kids participate just because they don't care if they win or lose. They just have fun, and that's what it's all about. The Special Olympics is like a family. You get to know everybody whether they're from your home town or across the state. You just get to know everybody and it's a family environment."

Special Olympics hosts more than 20 events in South Dakota year-round.

Next up is the State Equestrian Competition in Huron.