DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — More than 250 Special Olympics athletes assembled in Madill on Wednesday to compete at the Red River Area 13 Special Olympics track and field event, which included a surprise presentation to the Volunteer of the Year.

School buses rolled into the Durant Multi-Sports complex, where 17 Oklahoma schools competed in the organization's biggest regional event.

"There's a lot of work that goes into it that's for sure, a lot coordinating because you never know what you're going to get with track and field in Oklahoma," said Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer McBride.

Activities included track events, relay races and shot put.

Calera police Chief Don Hyde, who has been a helping hand in Red River Special Olympics, was honored with the Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year award.

"You get more of a blessing, you think it's going to take a little bit of time out of your day and these times, these events like this mean absolutely so much to me," Hyde said. 

Jennifer McBride said Hyde deserves the recognition.

"I called him last minute, and he said, 'Where do you need me?' And people like that who are willing to step up and help us is what makes this happen," McBride said.

Braxton Clure is just one of hundreds of athletes who enjoyed the competition.

"Running and playing and seeing all of my friends and everybody be happy," Clure said.