Special Olympics Lighting the Way

1 decade 4 months 3 days ago May 24, 2006 May 24, 2006 Wednesday, May 24 2006 Wednesday, May 24, 2006 6:34:31 PM CDT in News

Law officers took off their badges in Jefferson City and put on their running shoes. Members of the State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City police, Lake Ozark police, and the Missouri Water Patrol set off without guns or handcuffs. Their only ammunition was speed and, of course, the Special Olympics torch.

About 50 officers took turns running a total of 17 miles with the torch from the Capitol to Ashland where they handed it over to Columbia police.

"Once an officer participates in the torch run, and you see the benefits it brings to the athletes, you just can't say no," explained officer Randy Werner. "You can't turn your back on it once you get a taste of it."

Law officers already collected $1 million for the event. Opening ceremonies kicked off Wednesday night on MU's Stankowski Field. Organizers expect 4,000 athletes to compete.

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