Lighting the Way for Special Olympics: the Flame’s 1900-Mile Journey

It’s traveled more than 1,900 miles. More than 2,000 officers and many Special Olympics athletes have held it high as they proudly ran through dozens of cities and towns this week.

The Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” arrived at the State Capitol Friday, June 11, where more than 75 Richmond-area officers kicked-off the Final Leg of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, presented by SunTrust and Macy’s. Special Olympics athlete Willie Crockett presented the torch to the Final Leg runners, who included law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Virginia.

That evening, at the Summer Games Opening Ceremony, the “Guardians of the Flame” presented the torch to Special Olympics athlete Nicole Cooke, who officially lit the Olympic Cauldron to open the Summer Games.

The Summer Games, presented by Comcast, Hardee’s and Sheetz, is the largest of Special Olympics Virginia’s six state-level competitions. More than 1,200 athletes from across Virginia competed for the gold in bowling, powerlifting, softball, swimming, track & field and tennis.

Now in its 25th year, the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $12 million for Special Olympics Virginia. Since this time last year, officers across the state have raised more than $760,000 for the program. Special thanks to all the law enforcement personnel who support and participate in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run.