Torch run through Tri-Cities
By Staff Reports
Jun 10, 2013, 13:14
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Runners participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics slap hands with kids at William A. Walton Elementary School in Prince George on Thursday morning as they kick off the local leg of the run.
Hundreds of kids at William A. Walton Elementary School in Prince George cheered on runners as they kicked off the 2013 Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Thursday morning.
More than 2,000 officers across Virginia are involved in the fundraiser each year. Each June, they carry the Flame of Hope more than 1,900 miles across Virginia to kick off the Summer Games in Richmond.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Runners pass the torch as they leave Scott Park in Prince George on Thursday.
The runners were escorted by police and an ambulance as they headed east down Courthouse Road past the government center and through Scott Park before arriving at L.L. Beazley Elementary School to be cheered by another large group of students eagerly awaiting their arrival.
On Friday, the run continued in Hopewell despite the pouring rain. Runners left Rosa’s Italian Ristorante Pizzeria around 8 a.m. and headed west on Oaklawn Boulevard, through Fort Lee, Petersburg and up the Boulevard in Colonial Heights to end at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Runners who started in Hopewell make their way past Fort Lee on Friday morning.