SC officers participate in Special Olympics relay

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officers from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are carrying a torch for the Special Olympics - literally.

Officials say about 20 agents are lacing up their running shoes on Friday to participate in this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run to kick off the Special Olympics summer games.

The agents will make the 26.2 mile trek from the Newberry County line to the South Carolina Statehouse complex. Special Olympics athletes and military members are expected to be on hand to cheer the runners as they cross the finish line around noon.

SLED is also sponsoring a luncheon and bake sale after the race, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics. So far, the agency has raised more than $2,600.

The 2009 summer games run Friday through Sunday at Fort Jackson.

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