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Torch run for Special Olympics Michigan to start in Lansing

Posted: 8:51 AM, May 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-31 15:46:26Z

More than 50 uniformed police and corrections officers will gather at the State Capitol in Lansing to light the Flame of Hope and embark on a 9-hour relay run from Lansing to Mount Pleasant.

The Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run will kick off at 10 a.m. Thursday.

At the State Capitol, speakers from Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Sheriff's Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Lansing Police Department will speak on their continued support of the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run program and Special Olympics Michigan.

A Special Olympics Michigan athlete from the local program serving Ingham and Eaton Counties will be escorted by a law enforcement officer as they light the Flame of Hope.

The officers will run the flame to the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in Kelly/Shorts Stadium at Central Michigan University.

The torch will then be used to light the cauldron at the stadium to declare the start of the Games.

Special Olympics Michigan's State Summer Games is one of the world's largest Special Olympics Summer Games and will take place on the campus of CMU May 31 to June 2.

This year's State Summer Games will see more than 2,900 athletes from all 83 counties in the state. An additional 3,400 coaches, spectators and chaperones will be in attendance in support of the athletes.