Dozens of law enforcement officers concluded a three-day, 160-mile torch run in Newark on Friday, carrying the Special Olympics torch down Main Street and South College Avenue.
The torch run, in its 33rd year, celebrates Special Olympics Delaware’s annual Summer Games, which is being held Friday and Saturday at the University of Delaware athletic complex. Nearly 650 athletes and more than 100 unified partners (peers without disabilities) from across the state are competing in six sports: aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field.
The torch run began Wednesday night in Rehoboth Beach and worked its way north. Over the course of the run, more than 500 officers representing every police agency in the state participated. In Newark, the contingent included 15 Newark Police officers, several UD officers and cadets from the New Castle County Police Academy.
The run culminated at the Special Olympics opening ceremony at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware is the only state in the country that runs a lit “Flame of Hope” the entire length of the state prior to its Special Olympics summer games.