Lubbock Police carry torch to Arlington for Special Olympics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock Police carry torch to Arlington for Special Olympics

Lubbock's law enforcement hit the streets on Wednesday morning - not for their routine rounds, but for Special Olympics Texas.

Volunteer officers kicked off the summer games this morning, with a torch run from the Civic Center to 34th St. and Ave. Q., totaling about two miles.

After a short break, they started their long journey to Arlington, where the Special Olympics will be held on Friday.

The Lubbock runners made it to Abilene on Wednesday night, which is about 160 miles distance.

Sergeant Nathan Anderson with the LPD SWAT Team said that the run is a team effort.

"All the officers that have volunteered to do this, they take turns," he said. "They take different legs throughout here, all the way to Arlington."

In the end, the volunteers will travel a total of 330 miles from Lubbock to Arlington.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Texas are expected to meet there on Friday.

They will then cheer on the more than 51,000 Special Olympic athletes as they compete in a variety of competitions throughout the weekend.

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