YORK COUNTY, SC - The 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will pass through York County on Thursday, May 2, 2013.  The Torch Run will culminate on the evening of May 3, 2013, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. as thousands of Special Olympics athletes and military personnel cheer law enforcement and the torch on as they enter the opening ceremony of the 2013 South Carolina State Games and light the "Flame of Hope."

York County Torch Run participants, officers and athletes, will meet in the main parking lot of Cherry Park Thursday, May 2, 2013; at 8:15 a.m. Cherry Park is located on Cherry Road in Rock Hill, SC. The York County leg of the Torch Run will begin as runners exit Cherry Park turning left onto Cherry Road. The runner’s next turn will be a left onto Constitution Blvd, then a left on Main Street, and then a right on Black Street.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will stop at the Rock Hill City Hall plaza on Black Street.  During a brief ceremony Special Olympics athletes and others will speak before the run leaves city hall heading east on Black Street and then turning right onto Saluda Road.  The Run continues to the Chester County line where the torch will be passed to officers from other law enforcement agencies. The run is estimated to reach the Chester County line at 11:15 a.m.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international event participated in by law enforcement officers throughout the world, with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers carry torches across 35 nations during the Special Olympics Torch Run. In South Carolina, over 100 agencies participate in the run. Special Olympics-South Carolina serves over 17,000 athletes annually.

For additional information contact York County Sheriff’s Office Captain Glenn Williams at 803-628-3156. You can access the Special Olympics of South Carolina website at www.so-sc.org.