South Dakota Special Olympics Torch passes through Rapid City
RAPID CITY, SD– The Special Olympics Torch made a stop in Rapid City on its way to the games being held in Spearfish.
The ceremonial “Flame of Hope” started its tour four days ago making rounds across the state of South Dakota. The flame passes through twenty cities in the state carried by athletes escorted by local law enforcement. The run evolved from traveling along the interstate to its current format where local law enforcement and athletes visit cities along the route raising awareness for Special Olympics.
The law enforcement torch run has become a major fundraising and awareness vehicle for the South Dakota Special Olympics. Dave Stratton West River Assistant Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Special Olympics says, “We raise money and awareness for our Special Olympics athletes in South Dakota. Last year with COVID we raised a little over $450,000.”
The torch finished its run in Spearfish to kick off opening ceremonies for the games. Special Olympics summer games take place at the BHSU campus through the 21st.