HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Petal and Hattiesburg Police Departments ran legs of the Mississippi Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday.
The run is a week-long event that started Monday in Southaven. Three cars of volunteers are traveling across the state assisting with approximately 30 runs.
The torch run is held to help bring awareness to the public about the Mississippi Special Olympics, which start Friday night with opening ceremonies at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. The Olympic events begin Saturday.
Thursday's torch run started at the Petal City Hall. Petal Police officers carried the torch to Hattiesburg City Hall where they passed it off. The next leg of the run had 17 officers from Hattiesburg taking turns carrying the torch through a portion of the city and then down Highway 49 to Wiggins.
The athletic competition is for both mentally and physically challenged individuals. The state games are held in preparation for the World Games, which will be held in Shanghai, China, in October. All proceeds go towards meeting the needs of the athletes, including paying for items such as medals, T-shirts, meals, lodging, etc.