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Officers throughout Virginia are helping carry the "flame of hope" to the kick-off of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Richmond Friday night.
Stafford Sheriff's spokesman Bill Kennedy says members of their department get the torch at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning. Their runners are accompanied by special olympians. They use the right lane on Route 1 and pass through intersections within about three to four minutes. Kennedy says they are accompanied by sheriff's deputies in cars for the sake of safety.
The torch is passed off to Fredericksburg officers by 8:30 a.m. at the Falmouth intersection. It continues to be handed off to law enforcement officers in Spotsylvania and the Caroline County. Again this year the torch goes through the town of Bowling Green by mid-day and is then driven to the next hand off point at the Hanover County line.
The torch finally reaches Richmond by Friday evening. Carried in by an olympian and officer, it is then used to light the cauldron at the University of Richmond. Once it is lit, at 7:00 p.m., the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games are officially underway.