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Columbus Police Department hosted Special Olympics Torch Run

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Police Department hosted the Georgia Special Olympics Torch Run on Wednesday.

Wednesday marked the 33rd year of the Torch Run which kicked off at the Columbus Police Department. 

The purpose of the run is to raise awareness of Special Olympic athletes. Law enforcement officers run the Flame of Hope across the state at the annual Torch Relay in May. 

Officers also carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony at State Winter, Summer, and Fall Games each year

The Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

"The Columbus Police Department, the Marshall's Office, and of course our partners at Fort Benning started the run this morning. It's our way to support special Olympics," said Sheriff John Darr. 

The top five fundraising departments have the honor of carrying in the Flame of Hope during Special Olympics Games. The Law enforcement Torch Run ends in Atlanta this Friday.

The Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Click here for more information about the Special Olympics of Georgia.

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