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      Special Olympics torch goes from 'Coast to Capitol'

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - It's an event that marks the beginning of the South Carolina Special Olympics Summer Games. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Law Enforcement officers from the Lowcountry will begin a 127-mile-relay carrying a Special Olympics torch from the sands of Sullivan's Island to the steps of the Statehouse in Columbia.

      It's appropriately called the "Coast to Capitol" relay and this event will coincide with relays from other parts of the state and conclude at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol building in Columbia on Friday.

      But the running doesn't stop there. After the press conference, Law Enforcement officers across the state will join forces for an 8-mile run from the Capitol to Fort Jackson where the torch will be carried into the Special Olympics Summer Games.

      The goal of the relay is to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

      There are around 22,000 Special Olympic athletes in the Palmetto State. The Summer Games will include competitions in the sports of aquatics, athletics, bowling, gymnastics, and softball.

      Participants in the Law Enforcement Relay are asked to meet at Dunleavy's on Sullivan's Island at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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