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May 16, 2008

Albany -- Special Olympic Georgia's summer games are two weeks away, but the torch is already making its way across the state.

This morning, the Special Olympics Torch Run began its tour to Atlanta at the back gate of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany on Johnson Road. One of nine relays across the state, Marine Corps officers carried the torch over 4 miles through the streets of Albany.

The torch runners were met by law enforcement officers from Albany and Dougherty County at the courthouse downtown for the 27th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

"It's really awesome to bring all of these law enforcement agencies together and the Marines for a really great cause of bringing the "flame of Hope" around the state of Georgia. And we're so proud that southwest Georgia is part of this." said Kristin Caso with the Dougherty County Parks & Recreation.

Local law enforcement officers helped to raise over $13,000 for Special Olympics Georgia this year. The Law Enforcement Torch Run culminates at Emory University on May 30th after traveling over 1,000 miles. The "Flame of Hope" will light the cauldron at the opening ceremonies.

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