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Local Law Enforcement Running to Support Special Olympics

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Law enforcement officers from all over Washington are running across the state this week to kick-off the Special Olympics Summer Games.

Supporters ran their way through the streets of Union Gap and Yakima Thursday. It's a yearly, across the state run for many of the law enforcement officers who take part.

Several groups in different parts of the state also participate, but only one group of officers actually runs more than 380 miles from Clarkston to Lakewood, Washington.

Officers with Kennewick, Pasco, Union Gap and several other local police departments take part in the torch relay.

They say it's tough, but they're happy to help support the special Olympics and the athletes.

"It's just the right thing to do. If you've done it and the feeling that you get being able to see the feeling of appreciation in the athletes faces, you know it's the right thing to do," said Monty Mcnearney with the Union Gap Police Department.

Mcnearney says they have 12 runners in the group this year and each of them will tally more than 30 miles over about three days.

He says someone is running 24 hours a day until they reach Lakewood.

Since they started, they've passed through the Tri Cities and Yakima, and will even run across White Pass.

The Washington Special Olympics kicks off Friday at Joint Base Lewis McChord.