Law enforcement torch race gives hope to Special Olympics athletes


MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Special Olympics athletes gathered with law enforcement in Manhattan on Saturday for the annual torch race.

Members of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Special Olympics athletes passed the torch to members of the Riley County Police Department to carry it to the torch race.

Special Olympics athletes met with the RCPD for the Torch Run, with athletes taking turns carrying the torch while running alongside other athletes.

The athletes cheered on each other as they finished the torch race, enjoying each other’s company for the morning.

“This is one of the first times that our athletes have had the opportunity to go out and do something with the public… and so I know it means a lot to them to get back together.” Krystin Guggisberg, Kansas Special Olympics Sports and Programs Manager.

“Just watching the officers and the athletes build these relationships, remember each other from last year, and then talk about the sports the athletes play in this year is amazing.” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 17, said Rachel Pate, president.

After the torch run, Special Olympics athletes, their supporters and RCPD members had a pancake breakfast.

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