Special Olympic Torch Run Set for Monday

Between 15 and 20 law enforcement officers, along with athletes and others, are expected to meet at the Law Enforcement Center Monday for this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics.

Sheridan County Deputy Sheriff Boot Hill said the event, called Flame of Hope, will start at the sheriff's office.

He said the run will end at the Whitney Commons. He said organizers and participants always like to do the run on the Monday before opening day of Special Olympics. This year's summer Olympics will be May 18 through 20 in Laramie. Hill said participants in the Sheridan run will gather at the sheriff's office starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and the run will start at 9.

Hill said he's been involved with the local torch run since 2008, and he knows there were torch runs in Sheridan before that. He said nationally, the torch run was started in 1981 in Wichita, Kan.

He said funds are raised by participants in the run, who gather donations. He said the local athletes do a lot of fundraising for the event. He said Fremont Toyota has been a big donor to the run.

Hill said statewide, Wyoming last year raised nearly $138,000 for its Special Olympic athletes. He said the Special Olympics torch run is a world-wide event. He said law enforcement participants come not only from the sheriff's office but from the Sheridan police department, Wyoming game and fish and highway patrol.

Hill said the torch will be taken from Sheridan to Johnson County for the torch run there, and the torch will eventually make its way to Laramie where it will be joined with other torches carried from communities across the state.


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