NEWBERG I love to run, said Charley Fronapel, after returning from the 2012 Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games.
The event drew more than 1,500 athletes, 1,200 volunteers and coaches, and 1000 fans, according to the State Games Facebook page.
Fronapel said his favorite part of Special Olympics is being with friends and getting to run together.
A teammate, Courtney Holbrook, summed up: The whole thing was really fun.
The games were held July 14-15 in Newberg, and included athletes from across the state participating in track and field, bocce, golf and softball.
Representing Grant County were Fronapel, Holbrook, Diane Brown, Jay Colson, Hope Durkee, Katie Latham, Brian McKrola and Elizabeth Swarthout. Among the results:
Brown won first place in the 100-meter walk and fourth in the softball throw.
Colson won first place in the 400-meter walk and fifth in the 800 meter walk.
Durkee participated in the 400-meter walk and the softball throw.
Fronapel was second in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,500-meter run.
Holbrook was fifth in the softball throw and sixth in the 50-meter assisted walk.
Latham tied for third in the 400-meter walk and was seventh in the 100-meter run.
McKrola was seventh in the 100-meter dash and first in the softball throw.
Swarthout tied for third in the 400-meter walk and won first in the softball throw.
The athletes were accompanied by coaches Kim Joslin, Deronda Lallatin, Kathy Durkee, and Joe and Amy Hittle. Shaylee Joslin, Kaylyn Joslin and Amanda Brandon volunteered at the event.
The mission of Special Olympics Oregon is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop skills and share with others.
Athletes qualified for the summer state event through participation in regional games.
Grant County athletes advanced by competing at regionals at Milton-Freewater in June. The team at regionals also included Ben Joslin, John Bryant, Michael Corp and Billy Howland.