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Beatrice Police Officer Joseph McCormick holds the Special Olympics flame aloft as the Law Enforcement Torch Run makes its way through Beatrice last May.

Area law enforcement will once again take to the streets of Beatrice with participants of the Special Olympics for an annual torch run.

The run has been an annual tradition for Beatrice police, according to officer Derrick Hosick.

“This is a nationwide event where law enforcement carry the special Olympics flame of hope,” he said. “It symbolizes leading to their state games in Omaha. It used to go literally across the state and was one big event that worked its way to Omaha. Now it’s transformed where every community does its own run.”

In Beatrice the event will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. The run will begin at 19th and Court streets and travel west to Fifth and Court streets, where a downtown event will be held.

The Beatrice Police Department, Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and other non-law enforcement groups will participate in the run.

Members of the public can also participate, and are asked to show up to the starting point early to sign a waiver before the event starts.

Hosick said the public is encouraged to line the streets during the run, and also attend the celebration after at Fifth and Court streets.

“It’s so much fun to have those team building experiences,” he said of working with the Special Olympics. “To know them on a first name basis and see those kids, they get passionate and when you watch them doing something it’s just really cool to watch them be so passionate and be so carefree and welcoming. We’ve made a lot of friendships.”

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