Some of East Texas' best Special Olympics athletes put the pedal to the metal Friday to kick off the 2016 Special Olympics spring games.
The spring games consist of cycling and track and field competitions.
Athletes from three different teams throughout the East Texas area competed in a cycling competition Friday.
During the cycling competition, volunteers were moved by the way athletes competed.
"It brings you so much joy seeing them make accomplishments and just having fun and doing their best," Bethany Randel, a volunteer said.
"It's always a good time when you're interacting with the athletes, especially once the awards come out," Anthony Key, East Texas area director for Special Olympics of Texas said. "The excitement of seeing friends from other cities that they don't get to see all the time keeps them motivated."
The spring games continue Saturday at 9 a.m. however organizers welcome volunteers to sign up at 8 a.m.
The spring games are free to attend, and will be held at Abe Martin stadium in Lufkin.
The Lufkin Knights of Columbus will be providing lunch for athletes and coaches.