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Special Olympics Torch Run Takes Place in Waukesha

A symbol of the Special Olympics is making its way to Stevens Point today thanks to the help of police, military, corrections officers and political leaders.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from More than 100 communities participated in this morning’s Torch Run.

This is an event that is leading up to Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Stevens Point.

While similar events in our area took place in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Oconomowoc, Officers here in Waukesha carried the torch ignited with the flame of hope, from the courthouse to the police station.

Governor Scott walker was also here participating.

"This is a great combination of law enforcement and Special Olympics. The athletes who get out and demonstrate much courage to get out in the race and show their best, and law enforcement who we know demonstrate so much courage every day when they go out and do their best to take care of us,” said

Brad Schimel, Wisconsin Attorney General.

"It's just great to see the personalities and get to know them. Over the years, not only with this run, but we've gone many of the competitions for Special Olympics. And boy after you go to one of those competitions, you really feel blessed, because the people there are so enthusiastic there is so much optimism. And it's a great cause,” said Gov. Scott Walker.

Nearly 1200 athletes from across the state will be participating in this year’s games. Those will take place, Friday and Saturday

 Before the run got underway, there was a moment of silence for officers killed in the line of duty over the last year.

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