EUGENE, Ore. -- Evivva Crossfit hosted a regional Special Olympics powerlifting meet this morning.
About 30 athletes from Lane and Marion county met to compete in a sport they've been training months for.
Athletes train for 8 weeks where they are taught proper form and skills to put them in the best shape to compete.
While it is a fun all inclusive event, coach, Rick Abrego says that these athletes are here to compete and here to win.
"It's everything. They love working out. They love competing. They love their friends. They just love the thought that they can compete just like everybody else," said Abrego.
The competition today was completely funded by community donations and volunteers.
Organizer, Rodger Deevers, says that Special Olympics has a hard time getting funding so sometimes these competitions aren't able to happen, but he also said that this community has shown great support for these athletes through the years.
After this meet he said participants will move on to different sports and continue doing what they love.