Officers carry Flame of Hope 1,500 miles throughout Illinois for Special Olympics Summer Games

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Law enforcement agencies have hit the road for a big awareness effort. The officers have two goals: raise money and increase awareness for Special Olympic athletes.

Participants will run more than 1,500 miles throughout Illinois carrying the Flame of Hope and deliver it to the Special Olympics Summer Games.

"You know, there's nothing better, than to see them come out and the joy they get from getting to participate in these events. That's why we do it, that's why we're here," said Sgt. Jeremy Weeks, Moline Police Department.

The local leg of the run started this morning in Rock Island and ended in Downtown Galesburg this afternoon, June 8.