Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run returns to NP

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run made its way into North Platte Monday evening.

Local law enforcement officers, as well as staff with the Lincoln County Attorney's Office and North Platte Public Schools met at Maxwell Public Schools and ran and biked their way to Cody Park.

Special Olympic athletes also joined them as they approached the finish line.

The event raises awareness and funds for the Special Olympics program.

"The Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics work hand--in-hand and if we can raise just the smallest amount of money to offset just one hotel room, we're glad to help," said event organizer Nate Veal."

"I was born into it and we've been doing it for over 30 years now with the old man tagging us along and we'd do it as long as our little legs could carry us when we were 3,4 and 5," said participant Travis Veal. "It's always been something fun to look forward to every year."

The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies will be held in Omaha on Thursday.