Passing the torch

The Special Olympics torch burned brightly Monday as athletes and law enforcement officers ran together from Jolley Elementary School to Main Street and the Clay County Courthouse in Vermillion Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed May 13-18 as Law Enforcement Torch Run Week for Special Olympics South Dakota. The Torch Run is a grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics, comprised of law enforcement officers and athletes from across the state. Each year, the group of runners meets a week before the summer games to travel from Sioux Falls to Spearfish with the torch. Two torch run groups began their journey from Sioux Falls on Monday morning – one going north and the other south – and they converged in Pierre Tuesday afternoon. Together, they continued through the Badlands and into Rapid City, concluding their trip in Spearfish on Thursday night for the Special Olympics opening ceremony. The Special Olympic Games take place May 16-18. (Photo by David Lias)

The Special Olympics torch burned brightly Monday as athletes and law enforcement officers ran together from Jolley Elementary School to Main Street and the Clay County Courthouse in Vermillion Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed May 13-18 as Law Enforcement Torch Run Week for Special Olympics South Dakota. The Torch Run is a grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics, comprised of law enforcement officers and athletes from across the state. Each year, the group of runners meets a week before the summer games to travel from Sioux Falls to Spearfish with the torch. Two torch run groups began their journey from Sioux Falls on Monday morning – one going north and the other south – and they converged in Pierre Tuesday afternoon. Together, they continued through the Badlands and into Rapid City, concluding their trip in Spearfish on Thursday night for the Special Olympics opening ceremony. The Special Olympic Games take place May 16-18. (Photo by David Lias)

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