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Special Olympics South Dakota’s Law Enforcement Torch Run to arrive in Mitchell on Tuesday

The Torch Run has become a major awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics South Dakota and the running of the Flame of Hope into Opening Ceremonies kicks off Summer Games each year

PHOTO: Law Enforcement Torch Run
Chana Sandoval leads the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on morning outside the Public Safety Building in Mitchell. The torch run is a tool used to spread the word for the South Dakota Special Olympics as police officers from across the state participate in runs in several cities and towns this week.
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MITCHELL — Law enforcement in Mitchell and members of the public are gearing up to take part in a special tradition, as the state’s Special Olympics Torch Run is set to return to Mitchell on Tuesday.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will kick off Sunday, featuring five days of police officers, deputies, troopers and others, alongside a Special Olympics athlete, will bring the Flame of Hope to 20 South Dakota cities to help raise awareness for the Special Olympics.

The actual running portion has evolved over the years from running the interstate, to the current format, where officers travel to cities and invite local law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the public to come and join them as they carry the Flame of Hope through the city.

After starting in Vermillion on Sunday, the Flame of Hope will arrive in Mitchell on Tuesday. The run will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the Public Safety Building and make its way to the Corn Palace. By Thursday evening, the Flame of Hope will have arrived in Spearfish, where the State Summer Games will commence on the campus of Black Hills State University.

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is so much more than just a run to Special Olympics South Dakota,” said Darryl Nordquist, president and CEO of Special Olympics South Dakota. “The awareness and funds that the Torch Run has raised has created a movement and helped provide new opportunities, competitions and programs for the athletes of Special Olympics South Dakota.”

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The Torch Run has become a major awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics South Dakota and the running of the Flame of Hope into Opening Ceremonies kicks off Summer Games each year

“The dedication and commitment from Law Enforcement across the state has been amazing and we thank you for your continued support,” Nordquist said.

More information about the Torch Run and the Summer Games is available by contacting the Special Olympics South Dakota State Office at 605-331-4117 or by visiting their website.

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