SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York’s Special Olympics games are just around the corner and Thursday the torch will be making its way through the Capital Region.
For the 30th year in a row, local law enforcement officers will be leading the way.
Schenectady police will start off with torch in hand, right in Veterans Park at Veeder Ave and State St.
Schenectady is responsible for carrying the torch to Colonie. Along the way they will be joined by Niskayuna.
Officers from Amsterdam PD, State police, Albany PD, the FBI, Albany County Sheriffs, East Greenbush, Schodack, Troy, Rensselaer and the Rensselaer County Sheriffs will also be running.
The tradition leads up to the opening ceremonies for the state summer games. The games begin on June 10th at the University of Brockport.
The money they raise goes toward training, equipment, venues, uniforms, and transportation for the athletes. The entire run is 14 1/2 miles.
Athletes will be at Veteran’s Park to cheer them on and some will even run alongside officers. Once they reach Albany, they’ll hold a special ceremony on the steps of the state capital.