(WECT)- Law enforcement officers across the state are trading in their polished boots for tennis shoes, as the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics kicks off.
Officers representing more than 200 agencies will carry the flame of hope, culminating in the lighting of the North Carolina Special Olympics Summer Games cauldron in Raleigh.
In the Cape Fear Area, the run begins Wednesday at the WPD headquarters at 615 Bess Street, with Chief Ralph Evangelous on site to announce the official start.
Wilmington Police officers along with New Hanover County Sheriff's Office deputies will run together down Bess Street, on to Martin Luther King Parkway, over to Market Street and up Highway 17 to Pender County-- passing the torch to Pender law enforcement who will run all morning Thursday.
At 8:30am Thursday, the U.S.M.C., Pender Correctional Institution, New Hanover Correction and Pender County Sheriff Office and volunteers will carry the Flame of Hope: from Food-lion parking lot on Hwy 17/210 to the Onslow County line.
Next, at 11:30 am Onslow County Sheriff's Dept., U.S.M.C will carry the Flame Hope to Jacksonville Police Headquarters on Hwy17.
Finally on Friday at 8 a.m., Jacksonville Police Dept, U.S.M.C., Richland's Police Dept. Beulaville PD will carry the Flame of Hope, starting at 8:30am on Hwy17 to Hwy258 through the community of Richland's and Beulaville.
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