MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Members of local law enforcement agencies continue to show their support for the Kansas Special Olympics, raising funds and carrying their torch across the area.
Members of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office handed the torch off to officers with the Riley County Police Department Thursday morning.
The RCPD officers proudly carried the torch for more than six miles along Manhattan streets, including Tuttle Creek Boulevard, Poyntz Avenue and Anderson Avenue, before passing it on to Fort Riley’s Military Police as the torch continues on its way to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympic Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Kansas in 1981 and became a national event in 1984. Across the United States, law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics Torch on inter-state relays.
All of the funds raised directly benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas.