Special Olympics Wisconsin Flame of Hope Crosses State | Multimedia

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OREGON (WKOW) – Law enforcement officers completed the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics Wisconsin by celebrating courage, unity and diversity.

Officers and Special Olympians carried the Special Olympics Wisconsin Flame of Hope through six cities Thursday.

“We ran a mile in six different communities. We started in Platteville, Belmont, Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Mount Horeb and we finished here in Oregon,” Correctional Officer Jeff Schwartz said.

Those who didn’t race cycled from Potosi to Oregon. Grant County retiree Richard Dressler has been cycling for Special Olympics Wisconsin for nearly three decades and this year hasn’t been his longest run.

“It was about a little over 90 miles,” Dressler said.

And they’re not finished yet. Correctional Officer Jason Mentzel said the torch goes to the 50th Celebration Games.

“Tomorrow we will take the torch from Madison to Waukesha, Carroll College to begin the celebratory games opening ceremonies,” Mentzel said.

Olympians Jake and Lynn and cheerleader Eileen say they are happy to partner with local law enforcement for the games.

“They support us athletes,” Jake said. “They fundraise for us athletes, they do a lot of fundraising.”

“Thanks a lot!” Lynn and Eileen said, turning to the officers enjoying ice cream with them after a long day.

The Opening Ceremony for the Celebration Games will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. and competitions will take place all day Saturday and Sunday.

The games will mark the end of the season for the national teams in track and field, pétanque, softball, swimming and tennis.


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