Torch Run hits the road

Prince George County Police and student athletes carried the “Flame of Hope” across the county Thursday morning.

Prince George County Police carried the torch down Courthouse Road for their leg of the 1,900 mile of the “Flame of Hope’s” journey. Abby Smith and Rosas were at the front of the pack, both competing in the Special Olympics in Richmond over the weekend. Abby is a student at Prince George High School and Brian goes to L.L. Beazley elementary.

“I’ve done swimming, bowling, basketball,” Brian said. “I am competing in Track this weekend.”

Brian said he won a gold medal in last year’s games. Abby competed in track and bowling last year, but has a big move coming up so she only competed in bowling over the weekend.

Ben May/Prince George Journal Prince George County Special Olympics Athletes Abby Smith and Brian Rosas after the Torch Run.
Ben May/Prince George Journal
Prince George County Special Olympics Athletes Abby Smith and Brian Rosas after the Torch Run.
Abby and her family are moving to Okinawa, Japan. Abby’s mother Emily said Okinawa is a small island positioned south of Japan. Emily has climbed Mt. Fiji twice and said they are looking forward moving back.

“We were there for three years,” Emily said. “It is more rural versus Tokyo. It is a slower pace there, it is really small.”

Emily said there are stations along the climb up Mt. Fiji where walking sticks marked with various burned in inscriptions for a fee. She has one walking stick with every inscription.

Prince George Police Chief Keith Early thanked everyone participating in the run. There were many congratulations to give to Prince George law enforcement, government and emergency services. Early kept his comments short and sweet to all of his employees to get back to work.

“This is a great event,” Early said. “We had a lot of participation. That was awesome. We had some athletes running with us. We had a great day, great weather a great event.”

Featured Photo: Ben May/Prince George Journal
Runners head down the home stretch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics last week.

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