JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – In 42 days the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will officially begin.
But on Friday morning in Johnson City, hundreds of kids participated in East Tennessee State University’s Olympic Day, an event for athletes in the making.
The event began on ETSU’s campus with a torch run at 8:00am. The torch run ended at Science Hill’s Kermit Tipton Stadium where Dr. Paul Stanton (former ETSU President) lit the cauldron.
During the event, kids of all ages participated in Olympic-style games like the long jump, shot-put, hurdles, sprints, weight lifting, etc..
ETSU’s Olympic Day began in 2012 and organizers told News Channel 11, the event continues to grow each year.
“Last year we had around 200, 300 kids, this year we’re expecting around 700 and maybe more,” said ETSU Associate Professor Dr. Andy Dotterweich.
The event wrapped up Friday afternoon at 12:00.
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