COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Our men and women in blue are doing their part for some truly special athletes.
The 32nd annual Georgia Special Olympics Torch Run kicked off Wednesday morning in Columbus to raise awareness about people with special needs.
Runners began their journey at the public safety building and concluded at the Lake Oliver Marina.
The annual event is hosted by the Columbus Police Department, and organizers say this is also one of the largest fundraisers in Georgia.
"We make a commitment by and an effort by law enforcement saying that we're gonna give back to the community by being supportive of the special Olympics athletes and not only the local area but for the state of Georgia," said Sgt. Donald Bush with the Columbus Police Department.
There were many different agencies in attendance at Wednesday's Torch Run, including the Columbus Police Department, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Military Police Battalion and Muscogee County Marshal's Office.