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Officers take part in last leg of Special Olympics Torch Run

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GREENWICH -

Law enforcement officers across Connecticut are “passing the torch” for a good cause, all part of the Special Olympics Torch Run.

A Special Olympics athlete lit the torch this morning, joined by a few dozen police officers.

The group ran to Stamford, where they were cheered on in front of the WWE building.

Participants are taking Route 1 all the way up to New Haven, passing the torch at each town line.

According to organizers, the run not only raises awareness of the Connecticut Special Olympics, but is also the event's biggest fundraiser.

Police say it's refreshing to run side by side the athletes.

"It's really about awareness and inclusion," says Capt. Kraig Gray with the Greenwich Police Department. "Everybody running down. Just a sense of team, joy of sport, appropriate levels of competition. It's wonderful."

Over the course of the three-day run, more than 1,500 officers and Special Olympics athletes will have participated together.

All runners will meet up at Southern Connecticut State University tonight for the Connecticut Special Olympics Opening Ceremony. The games will be held this weekend.

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