More than 70 Special Olympics athletes in Delaware, Maryland and Northern Virginia will compete in the annual Special Olympics Delaware Cycling Classic on Sept. 22 at the Dover Air Force Base Air Command Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB.

“Cycling is a wonderful sport for our athletes because it’s a lifetime wellness activity they can do with family and friends even when they aren’t competing,” said Mark Wise, Special Olympics Delaware’s director of sports training. “The support from Dover Air Force Base the past several years in terms of access to their facility for a great course to ride and the number of volunteers who come out is just amazing.”

More than 150 military personnel are scheduled to volunteer when the event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by the cycling races and culminating with an awards ceremony at about 12:30 p.m.

Cyclists will compete in races of varying distances: 500-meter, 1-kilometer, 2K, 5K, 10K, 15K and 20K.

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