About 300 athletes from around Ventura County are expected to participate in the 25th annual Ventura County Special Olympics on Saturday, officials said.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at Ventura High School's Larrabee Stadium.
More than 30 events will be featured, including the 30-meter slalom manual wheelchair race, the 800-meter run and the 25-meter dash.
"Special Olympics provides sports-training opportunities to mentally retarded individuals, and the purpose is enhancing their self-esteem," said Renee Gomez, recreation coordinator for the city of Ventura, which co-sponsors the event. "I'm so amazed and so inspired by the athletes."
Admission is free. For more information, call 658-4745.