Local authorities to carry Special Olympics Torch

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Just after 9 a.m. Monday morning, the Saratoga Springs Police Department and State Park Police escorted 22-year-old special Olympian, William Clarke of Greenfield and a few members of law enforcement for the first leg of the torch run.

The flame made its annual trek all over New York State before ending up at the University of Brockport for the opening ceremonies of next month’s special Olympic Games.

The games themselves features more than 2,000 athletes across the empire state who will compete and train in eight Olympic-style sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, bowling, powerlifting, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics.

Of course, the Olympics are always at no cost to the athletes or their families, simply an inspirational event.

Both William and Saratoga Springs Patrolman Eric Warfield enjoyed each other’s company during Mondays run.

“This was actually pretty fun because as funny as it sounds, I was able to both run and chat at the same time,” said William Clarke, special Olympian.

“He was a trooper. He had no problem carrying the torch way further than I did. He set the pace for us,” said Patrolman Warfield.

This is just the first leg of the torch run. The light will make its way all over the state including in Washington County on May 27 and through the Capital Region on May 28.

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