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Special Olympics spring season starts in Frenchtown

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The popular bocce games will be at Playfair Park in Missoula on Thursday. (Dennis Bragg photo) The popular bocce games will be at Playfair Park in Missoula on Thursday. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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The annual “Five Valleys” Spring Games will bring hundreds of Special Olympics athletes back to Missoula this week, but in different parts of the valley.

This is the 40th anniversary for the Special Olympics of Montana Five Valleys Spring Games, which is usually held at the Missoula County Stadium. But this year the unseasonably cool and wet weather means the facilities at Big Sky High School aren’t quite ready, so the three-day event is being moved west to the track at Frenchtown High School.

This year the opening ceremonies will pay feature a moment of silence for two very special people, athlete Logan Charles and special education teacher Laura Coulter, who both passed away this past winter.

Track and Field events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Frenchtown. The popular bocce games will be at Playfair Park in Missoula on Thursday with swimming at the Missoula YMCA pool Friday morning.

The Spring Games are the final tuneup for Western Montana athletes for the statewide Summer Games, which will be held for the third and final year in Missoula next month.

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