By: Julie Montanaro
Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Olympic torch traveled through the streets of Tallahassee today.
The governor even took a turn carrying it, and it will soon light the cauldron at the Special Olympics summer games.
The torch, and dozens of law enforcement officers, pounded the pavement straight down Monroe to the Florida Capitol.
They were met with cheers from Special Olympic athletes looking forward to the summer games.
"Oh man, it's just an inspiration for me, for athletes. it's just a job well done," Cyrus Buker, Special Olympian, said.
Cyrus Buker is a Special Olympian from Tallahassee. He's competed in everything from swimming to power lifting.
Captiol Police Director Dennis Bustle has only missed one torch run in 27 years. He got to hand off the torch for the first time today.
"It's a great honor. I've never been asked to do it and I was thrilled,"
Dennis Bustle, Capitol Police, said. "It's just a position of honor because we've been raising money for the Special Olympics athletes all these years."
Florida's law enforcement torch run is in its 30th year.
The torch will make its way more than 1500 miles, through 67 counties.
It's much more than a "game starter" they say, it's a beacon of tolerance and inclusion, as well as a reminder that the 50 yard dash is really so much more.
"For us to go all the way to Orlando and compete and to see some of my friends and to come and just cheer us on," said Buker. "It's an incredible feeling. We're ready to go and compete again."
Publix donated more than $3M to keep the games going strong.
Florida's statewide summer games will begin in Orlando on May 17, and 20,000 athletes are expected to compete.
Press Release: Special Olympics Florida
Join athletes, law enforcement and state and local officials for a ceremony honoring the men and women who year after year serve as Guardians of the Flame. Crowds of local and state law enforcement officers will carry the Flame of Hope™ up the steps of the Old Capitol for the Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run. This year's run is especially significant since it marks the 30th Anniversary of the Torch Run.
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida
Ceremony: The Torch Run ceremony will begin at 11:00 am, on the steps of the old Capitol, in the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee, Florida. Lunch will be provided after the ceremony. Torch Run registration and route information is available online.
Thursday, April 11, 2013