Torch run to end in Troy

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The final leg of the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run will end Friday in Troy, kicking off the state Special Olympics at Troy University.

The torch run takes place each year during Police Memorial Week at 2 p.m. on Friday on North Three Notch Street at First Baptist Church. Also during Police Week is the Police Memorial Day ceremony, which takes place today at 9 a.m. at the Troy Police Department.

“This is an annual event involving law enforcement officers and personnel from across the state that come together to support Alabama Special Olympics,” said Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage.

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The officers running and the Special Olympics athletes run the “Flame of Hope” in the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics competitions.

“The officers who carry the flame have proudly become known as the ‘Guardians of the Flame,’” Everage said.

The torch runners will run around the Square in Downtown Troy to Elm Street to George Wallace Drive on to Veterans Memorial Stadium at Troy University.

Nearly 1,000 athletes and about 350 of their coaches are expected to attend the events, which take place Friday to Sunday, according to Troy University’s Media Relations office.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We invite you to visit, cheer or volunteer to assist the athletes in having the best time ever. Your interest and help is greatly appreciated,” said Troy University’s Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves.

The Alabama Special Olympics, which features athletes from across the state, will include competitions in 10 sports.