Special Olympics Torch Run kicks off in Sioux Falls & Spearfish

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run started today in Sioux Falls and Spearfish.

Elementary students from both cities lined up to cheer on the officers who are running in support of the Special Olympics. This year, they have added more stops, bringing the total number of cities to 38.

Two teams of about ten officers and one athlete are taking part in the journey across the state. They will meet in Vermillion to kick off the games.

"With our awareness and our funding that we always do every year for Special Olympics that really is ultimately the goal is to keep the sporting events free for our athletes," said Amy Crawford, South Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run. "We actually increased our athletes by 500 from last year which is amazing. So, we have even more of a mission to reach our goals this year than ever."

The goal this year is to raise more than $600,000 for South Dakota Special Olympics.