Passing the Torch for the Special Olympics

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The Special Olympics Ohio kicked off in Marietta Wednesday morning, and now the torch is on its way to Columbus.

Representatives from the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Noble Correctional Institute teamed up with students from the WASCO center.

The Special Olympics torch was lit and then passed along.

The event is a fundraiser, and this year officials are hoping to earn $250,000 for the athletes.

"It's something that law enforcement thought they could do to be a part of the community to support the special athletes and their endeavors. It's a run for hope for those folks," Sgt. Anne Ralston with the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

The run will take three days before reaching Columbus, where the Special Olympics Ohio will take place.

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