New Guntersville High Track

The new Guntersville High track is finished and ready to hold competitions. The Marshall County Special Olympics will be held there in October. 

The new track at Guntersville High School took a little longer to finish than expected, but it is complete and ready to use. 

"The contractor ran into some drainage issues," City School Board chairman Trey Giles said. 

He said it was his understanding there was an old concrete curb under the ground that was retaining water and causing issues with the old track. It had to be dug up and addressed. 

The track is ready to go now, he said. 

The first athletic event to be held on the new track is scheduled for Oct. 17, Schools of Guntersville chief of operations Jeff Jones said. It will be the Special Olympics. 

Special athletes from around Marshall County will spend the day competing in a wide variety of athletic events. 

"We had to pass on hosting it the last time our turn came up, because of the condition of the track," Jones said. "We're glad to be hosting it again."

He said ages 9 and up will compete.

Special Olympics used to be held in the spring but it was moved to the fall a few years ago. October is historically one of the driest months of the year in Marshall County. 

"The chances of good weather are better in the fall," Jones said. 

If it were to rain, the rain date has been set for Oct. 24. 

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