Torch Run hitting road

The “Flame of Hope” was lit on May 26 and this week it will make its way through Prince George County.

The Flame of Hope will pass through Prince George County on Thursday morning and arrive in Richmond for the Summer Games Opening Ceremony. The Torch Run should be visible on at the intersection of Courthouse Rd. and U.S. 460 around 9 A.M. and arrive at Scott Park around 9:30 A.M.

“We start with a state Kick Off Ceremony each year,” said Holly Claytor, Senior Director of Public Relations for Special Olympics Virginia. “This year, it was held in Historic Occoquan which is in Prince William County on May 26.”

The State Chair varies from year to year. Prince William County’s Sheriff Hill is the State Chair this year. The State Chair oversees the lighting of the torch before it makes its way across Virginia.

“Officers will run this week across the state almost 1,900 miles until the last leg,” Holly said.

Law Enforcement carries the Torch across each region. This week’s run started in Bristol, passing through Emporia before arriving in Prince George. The torch will travel across Ft. Lee, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell and then finally to Virginia’s Capitol, Richmond, where the 2016 Summer Games Opening Ceremony will be held.

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 7:45 P.M. at Robins Stadium on the University of Richmond campus at 28 Westhampton Way. This is the first ceremony the Robins Stadium will hold, and will feature American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen. The University will host 1,500 champions across its campus this weekend competing in swimming, tennis, track & field, among many other sports.

Featured Photo: David Hollingsworth/Contributed
Officers and participants escorted by the Virginia State Police participate in a past Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

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