Today was the first day of the 2011 state Special Olympics Meet. Christian had a softball throw and Callie had a tennis ball throw. While we were waiting for their turn, we watched a wheelchair race. It was a 25M wheelchair race. There were 4 men racing. The first and second ones across the finish line were in racing chairs and tooling along pretty quickly. The third finished shortly after.
I thought the race was over and then heard the cheerers, yes they have volunteers whose specific job is cheering the athletes, were cheering for Paul who had basically parked on the side. He would move just a foot or so after lots of cheering and encouragement. It was over 16 minutes before he completed his 25M, but no one seemed to lose their patience, no one stopped him because it was taking so long and no one seemed to be at all discouraged - especially Paul. It seems clique to say it was inspiring, but I don't know what other word to use.