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The Torch Run for Special Olympics passes through Prince William County in 2018.

It is time for the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics, and the Prince William County police department is inviting the public to go and cheer on the runners.

The torch that symbolizes the beginning of the Virginia Special Olympics Games in Richmond is lit in Arlington and will be carried by police officers and Special Olympians to Richmond on Thursday, June 6.

In the Prince William County area, runners will begin at Fire & Rescue Station 17 (at Cardinal and Waterway drives), travel Cardinal Drive to U.S. 1, and then continue down U.S. 1 to the entrance to the Quantico Marine Corps base.

The total distance is 8.9 miles, although runners may conclude their runs at any point along the route.

To register for the run, or to donate to Special Olympics Virginia, visit

Supporters are needed at the Garfield Eastern District Station to cheer for the runners. The run starts at Station 17 around 9:45 a.m. on June 6. Runners will arrive at the Garfield Station around 11 a.m.

The Special Olympics games officially open on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at various locations throughout Richmond.

Law enforcement officers throughout the United States and in more than 40 countries support Special Olympics.

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