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Community rallies for Missouri Special Olympics

The Kirksville Police Department, Adair County Sheriff Office and Truman State Police all take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Adair County. (KTVO:Riley Fannon)

Missouri is home to over 15,000 Special Olympics athletes and with the Missouri State Summer games coming up, law enforcement agencies and volunteers from across the state took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Much like the Olympic torch that will be brought to Tokyo in 2020, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will usher in the start of the state summer games in June.

Missouri is separated into nine different regions with anywhere from two to eight different Torch Run routes per region.

The Heartland is the NE Region with torch runs starting from Kirksville, Macon, Moberly, Hannibal and Brookfield.

What started 31 years ago in Kansas has become an international run that is the embodiment of the Special Olympics ideal of inclusion.

While it began with law enforcement officers looking to give back, residents of the area are always encouraged to volunteer.

"I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved, to help these guys out," said Deputy Ron Colling from the Adair County Sheriff's Office.

The Adair County run began Wednesday morning from the Kirksville Motor Company and headed south along Baltimore Street.

From there they turned onto Potter and then Elson before circling around the courthouse with both athletes, officers and volunteers each getting a chance to hold the torch.

They soon departed south down Franklin beginning their journey along Highway 63 towards Macon.

Once all torches reach Springfield the State Summer Games will officially begin June 1-3.

For information on the State Summer Games, click here.

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