By Joe Bachman
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Local law enforcement teamed up today to support the Special Olympics this weekend.
Authorities met up outside of City Hall for the annual Torch Run for the Special Olympics this afternoon. This tradition is set to raise awareness for the Special Olympics, slated for this weekend in Stevens Point.
“Law enforcement across the state are converging on Stevens Point to bring the ‘flame of hope’ to the summer games,” said Patrol Officer Eric Daven.
The 21-mile bike route runs from City Hall through Highway 10 to meet up with law enforcement from other areas at The Store in Stevens Point on Highway 66. From there, the officers parade downtown and make a stop at Stevens Point City Hall, before making their way to the games at the University of Stevens Point campus.
“It gets the word out there and brings people together about the Special Olympics,” said Daven. “Once you go up there and see the opening ceremonies you’ll be able to know what it’s all about.”
Law enforcement from Wausau, Marshfield, Merrill, Lincoln Hills, Crandon/Forest, and Price will join Wisconsin Rapids in the Region 2 leg of the run.
For more information, please visit http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/state-games/summer-games/