Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Special Olympics torch to reach Ottawa

By The Herald Staff | 5/30/2014

The 33rd running of the Kansas Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled to reach Ottawa late Tuesday morning.

Members of the Douglas county Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Police Department and Baldwin City Police Department will carry the torch from Lawrence to Ottawa, according to a news release. Each year, law enforcement runners and Special Olympics athletes from around the state organize runs to carry the torch to Wichita for the start of the summer games. This year’s games are set to run Friday through Sunday.

The 33rd running of the Kansas Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled to reach Ottawa late Tuesday morning.

Members of the Douglas county Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Police Department and Baldwin City Police Department will carry the torch from Lawrence to Ottawa, according to a news release. Each year, law enforcement runners and Special Olympics athletes from around the state organize runs to carry the torch to Wichita for the start of the summer games. This year’s games are set to run Friday through Sunday.

The Lawrence leg of the torch run starts 9 a.m. Tuesday at 3430 South Iowa Street, Lawrence. Runners will take turns traveling the 22 miles to Ottawa along U.S. 59. There, they will hand the run over to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Ottawa Police Department in a torch passing ceremony that organizers estimate should take place about 11:30 a.m. at Kalmar Industries Corporation, 415 E. Dundee St., Ottawa. A city proclamation is to be read and the event is open to the public, organizers said.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Ottawa leg of the torch run will begin. Kalmar’s T2 truck is scheduled to lead the procession through downtown Ottawa, followed by Special Olympians and officers who will continue the run to Beto Junction on I-35 later in the day.

The first law enforcement torch run was conducted by the Wichita Police Department in 1981. The department developed it to raise funds and awareness for of Special Olympics programs, the release said, and to run the torch to the summer games. The torch run has expanded to all 50 states and another 46 countries around the world.

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