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Special Olympics Torch passes through Plymouth and Bristol

After running the Special Olympics torch through Plymouth then Bristol, members of local law enforcement agencies gathered outside the Bristol Police Department for a photo with some of the athletes as well as students from Plymouth Regional High School who joined them for the run. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 30, 2019
PLYMOUTH – The New Hampshire Special Olympics Summer Games will get underway at UNH on Friday, June 7, and to make people aware of these exciting athletic competitions, the men and women of law enforcement have been running the Special Olympics torch through many communities across the state.

As the torch made its way south from Littleton last week it arrived in Plymouth on Wednesday morning where members of several local police departments were waiting. Officers from both Plymouth University Police and the Plymouth Police Department were joined by Ashland, Bristol, and Hill police departments, the Grafton County Sheriff's Department, students from Plymouth Regional High School high school students and some Special Olympians as well to run the torch through downtown Plymouth. As the torch made its way along Main St., residents and business owners stood on the sidewalks to clap and cheer them all on. Leading the way in this year's torch run was Special Olympian Dominic Brown.

Following the Plymouth leg of the torch's journey to Durham, the runners and their ride-a-long partners from SONH then headed to Bristol. This was the first year that the torch run was brought to Bristol and both the Bristol Police and the community were proud to see it pass through the middle of their town.

Next Wednesday the torch will start its journey in Meredith then head down through Laconia then on into Tilton and Franklin. To see a map of that day's route, donate to Special Olympics N.H. or sign up to join the run, please visit www.sonh.org and click on the appropriate icon for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

AJ Coleman
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