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Special Olympics Torch Passed on U.S. 1

By Potomac Local News June 10, 2011 1:19 pm

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Prince William police help run the torch that will be used at Virginia’s Special Olympics Summer Games through Dumfries on Thursday. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Dumfries, Va. –– The torch that heralds the beginning of Virginia’s Special Olympics Summer Games passed through the Potomac Communities.

Area law enforcement help the athletes run the torch down Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Runners again picked up the torch Friday morning and ran it through Stafford County.

The torch is headed to Richmond for the annual summer games, which begin today and will run through Saturday.

More than 1,200 athletes and 3,000 volunteers are expected to pack University of Richmond, where they event is held each year.

It took teamwork to carry the Virginia Special Olympics Torch across the Falmouth Bridge this morning. Stafford Special Olympians passed the torch to the Fredericksburg Police Department at the city line. Stafford Sheriff's join other law enforcement agencies each year to escort the relay runners as they carry the torch to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games in Richmond. (Marty van Duyne/PotomacLocal.com)