Special Olympics Torch Passes Through Our Region Today
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jun 6 2014 8:17AM
You may have seen lots of folks running along Route One in the region from 6:00 through noon today.
The police are doing it as a fundraiser, as the Special Olympics Torch is carried to light the cauldron tonight for the summer games in Richmond. It started at the Prince William Stafford line at 6:30 a.m. and got to the Falmouth Bridge around 8:30 a.m. It continued to be handed off from sheriff's to officers in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Caroline and then it's driven to the Hanover Line, just after noon. Those officers continue the journey to light the flame of hope.
Even before today, police in Virginia were lending a hand. While most of us were bundled up in sweaters over the winter, lots of them were putting on bathing suits. Like the Torch Run, annual Polar Plunges raise money to see people jump into frigid water and both raise money and awareness for olympians.