Michigan State Police Torch Run for Special Olympics

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WLNS) – Dozens of Michigan law enforcement officers are lacing up their running shoes this morning as they prepare for a long trip ahead of them.

State police troopers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and plenty of other officials will make the 70 mile trek to Mount Pleasant today at part of the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law enforcement officials have made this trip for 31 years now as it leads up to the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. Before they take off today a ceremony will be held at the Capital where the “Flame of Hope” will be lit by mid-Michigan Special Olympics athlete Andrew Blanch.Runners will pass the torch along the nine hour trip.

Runners will take off from the Capital around 10 a.m. in hopes of making it to CMU by 6:30 this evening.

2700 Special Olympics athletes from all of Michigan’s 83 counties will be in attendance.

If you would like to attend admission is free just make sure you are at Kelly Shorts Stadium on CMU’s campus by 6:30 tonight.

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