COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – The Columbus Police Department kicked off Special Olympics Georgia today.
The community was invited to the 39th annual Special Olympics Torch Run at the Public Safety Building on 10th Street.
Registration began at 8:00 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
The route started west on 10th Street to Second Avenue, east on the Manchester Freeway, north on River Road and ended at the entrance to Lake Oliver Marina.
The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office sponsored the lunch after the Torchlight Run.
“It’s a feeling of unity where we can see all the different agencies. The police department, the sheriff’s department, the jail – which I represent. We are all together as one – at the same table and able to coordinate an event like this – like the Special Olympics and go out there and pass the torch,” said County Jail Warden Herbert Walker. Muscogee.
The organization and leading agencies included the Columbus Police Department, CSU, Fort Benning, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, and Muscogee County Jail.
More than 2,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners from across the state will descend on the Emory University campus the weekend of May 27.
Participants will participate in athletic competitions including swimming, gymnastics, flag football, tennis and volleyball.
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