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San Diego Named Host Town for 2015 Special Olympics

El Cajon also named as host town in 2015 LA Games

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    San Diego will be a host town for 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles, officials announced on Wednesday.

    At a news conference, Point Loma Nazarene University officials made the announcement and said that the university will host more than 100 delegates from around the world.

    Between July 21 and 24, those athletes will stay and train at Point Loma.

    Athlete Erik Weber is looking forward to running the 10,000 meter race in April trials slated to be held at PLNU.

    “It’s a great thrill because PLNU is where I graduated from in 2009,” Weber said. “It’s also the place where I started competing in track and field in the late 90s.”

    The World Games kick off in Los Angeles on July 25 and runs through Aug. 2. It will draw 7,000 athletes from 177 countries.

    The organization estimates that the games could bring as many as a half-million people to Southern California. The last competition was held in Athens in 2011.

    In December, El Cajon was also chosen as one of the 100 Southern California communities that will be a host town for the games.

    Cities are chosen based on their lodging accommodations, sports practice facilities and recreation and entertainment options.