2015 marks the 20th year for the Athens to Columbus leg of the Torch Run. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest grassroots fund-raising program for Special Olympics Ohio and its more than 23,000 participating athletes.
All of the Torch Run routes cover many rural areas and smaller towns in Ohio. Parades and ceremonies are planned along these routes in the involved communities.
Along the routes, spectators and supporters come out and show support for the Flame of Hope, the officers, and athletes involved as well as for the Special Olympics movement.
The Final Leg of the Torch Run begins at the State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus. All law enforcement vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, runners, and others who have arrived in Columbus as part of the Torch Run will proceed from the Academy to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for Opening Ceremonies.
Special Olympics Ohio provides year round sports training and competition for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their own families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
For more information on Special Olympics Ohio, the 2015 State Summer Games or the Law Enforcement Torch Run please visit sooh.org