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Sure, 6-year-old Aimee Clark runs because it feels nice to have the wind in her hair, a cheering crowd at her back and, ultimately, a medal around her neck, but she also brought her talents to the track at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics facility in Lawrenceville, N.J., on a scorching-hot Wednesday with another goal in mind.

"Ice cream" she said.

Smart kid, this Aimee.

"It makes me run faster," she said.

Running in her first ever Special Olympics Future Stars Race, Aimme attended the event with her 9-year-old brother, Hayden, captaining her support team.

"She's funny," Hayden said of his sister. "She's talented."

"He doesn't let me in his bedroom," Aimee said.

"I like to work on projects in my bedroom," Hayden said.

More than 500 Special Olympics Future Stars (ages 2-7) run and kick soccer balls and ride pedal-less bikes at the aforementioned Lawrenceville facility throughout the week, learning lessons better taught on fields and courts than in classrooms.

"Endurance, credibility, integrity and teamwork," the father of athlete Erik Murphy said.

This first ever Young Athletes Festival give athletes like Aimee a chance to hone their skills and build some independence before -- hopefully -- moving up to the Special Olympics USA Games when they turn 8.

"I think [Aimee] did really, really well in the race," Hayden said.

In a couple of years, perhaps Aimee can compete in a Special Olympics USA Games event like basketball or soccer or flag football, but Wednesday she ran her race and earned her medal before 2 p.m., leaving Team Aimee with just one -- or maybe two -- scoops left to battle.

"Mint-chocolate-chip," Aimee said.

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