Special Olympians run, jump, soar

Special Olympians run, jump, soar

Organizer leaving Escalante Middle School, but vows games will continue
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Rita May Hecker, a sophomore at Durango High School, crosses the finish line at the Escalante Middle School track after running a 50-meter dash. Athletes from around the region participated in what has become known as the “Bowker Games” in honor Billy Bowker, the organizer of The Special Track and Field Event.
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Isaac Balderrama, a fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School, displays his medal for winning the 50-meter dash Wednesday at the Escalante Middle School.
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Cole Perez, a seventh-grader at Escalante Middle School, competes in a softball toss with his helper Misty Melody, an eighth-grader at Escalante on Wednesday afternoon.
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Cole Perez, a seventh-grader at Escalante Middle School, celebrates his performance during a softball toss with his helper Misty Melody, an eighth-grader at Escalante.
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Cole Martens of Durango High School is congratulated by Sonia Miera, left, a special-needs instruction specialist at the school, and Morgan Jaworsky after running a 50-meter dash.
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