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Special Olympics torch making its way down U.S. 59 toward Wichita games

June 1, 2010

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Rain showers Tuesday morning couldn’t put out the “Flame of Hope.”

Special Olympian Bob Hughes, 19, center, carries the torch on the first leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Douglas County. Law enforcement personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence police, KU police, Eudora police and Kansas Highway Patrol, participated in the run from Lawrence to Ottawa on Tuesday.

Special Olympian Bob Hughes, 19, center, carries the torch on the first leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Douglas County. Law enforcement personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence police, KU police, Eudora police and Kansas Highway Patrol, participated in the run from Lawrence to Ottawa on Tuesday.

Special Olympians gear up for games

Special Olympians made their way along Highway 59 Tuesday with the help of area law enforcement. The athletes were carrying the torch on its way to Wichita for the 2010 Summer Special Olympics. Enlarge video

Law enforcement officers are making their way down U.S. Highway 59 toward Ottawa, carrying the torch that will help light the cauldron, kicking off the 2010 Special Olympics summer games in Wichita.

Officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Police Department, Kansas University Public Safety Office and Eudora Police Department are participating in the annual Torch Run.

Runners began their leg of the journey shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday from the parking lot of Crown Automotive at 34th and Iowa streets.

They then made their way south down U.S. 59 and are expected to pass the torch to Franklin County officers in Ottawa later Tuesday afternoon.

The runners are being accompanied by marked patrol cars from several agencies, and drivers heading south on U.S. 59 could experience some delays.

Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern said the group has already raised more than $8,000 to support the Special Olympics.

About 700 officers statewide will help carry the torch through 33 Kansas counties on its way to Wichita.

The summer games kick off on Friday.

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