Special Olympics torch run begins at Peace Arch

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 28, 2014 

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Escorted by the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Border Patrol Agents Miguel Alvarez, left and Bryan Thuman carry a torch on Malloy Avenue into Ferndale Wednesday, May 28, 2014, during the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. The torch will be relayed by law enforcement to the opening ceremony Friday of the Special Olympics at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BLAINE - Law enforcement officers from Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties kicked off the Special Olympics Torch Run at Peace Arch Park Wednesday morning, May 28.

The torch will continue south to the opening ceremonies for the Summer Special Olympic games at Joint Base Lewis McChord, scheduled for Saturday.

Runners advanced through Blaine and Ferndale, then south into Bellingham, eventually heading to Old Lake Samish Road and connecting with Old Highway 99.

Shortly after noon, the torch was handed off to Skagit County officers at the Whatcom/Skagit county line.

As part of the Opening ceremonies at JBLM, a law enforcement officer passes the torch to a Special Olympics athlete to light the flame that signals the opening of the Games.

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