Annual SC Special Olympics police torch run passes through York, Chester counties Thursday

05/07/2014 11:24 AM

05/08/2014 6:29 AM

Police officers and Special Olympics athletes will participate in the annual Torch Run on Thursday that carries the flame from the state line to the state capitol in Columbia. The torch run leads up to the state Special Olympics.

The run in York County begins at 8:15 a.m. at Cherry Park in Rock Hill, with more than a dozen police officers running. The route is south on Cherry Road then left on Constitution Boulevard, left on Main Street, right on Black Street to the Rock Hill Post Office lot. There police will be joined by Special Olympians, who will run the two blocks to Rock Hill City Hall at the corner of Black and Hampton streets. There will be a brief event outside City Hall at the amphitheater at 8:50 a.m. Officers from several York County and state police agencies will participate.

Traffic will not be rerouted. One lane of the streets will be blocked and led by advance and follow police cars to ensure runner safety.

“All we are doing is to try and raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics,” said Detective Phil Tripp of the Rock Hill Police Department. “It is an honor to do this.”

Afterward, runners will head south on Saluda Street, then Saluda Road, to the Chester County line, where the torch will be handed off to Chester County and state officers.

Additionally, from May 29-31, police officers will be on the roof of the Krispy Kreme doughnut store on Celanese Road to raise money for Special Olympics. At 2 p.m on May 29, local dignitaries including state Reps. Ralph Norman, Tommy Pope and others will participate in a doughnut eating contest at the store for Special Olympics.

See Thursday for coverage of the torch run.

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