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Runners get ready at the State House before the last leg of the torch run for Special Olympics.

Jun 5, 2015 7:59 AM

Flame of Hope, last leg from Concord to Durham


CONCORD - More than 2 dozen runners got in an early workout Friday as they accompanied the Flame of Hope to Durham to kick off the Special Olympics New Hampshire Summer Games 2015. The group will travel the 35 miles as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, accompanied by a caravan of cars and buses to rest along the way.

One couple who has done this leg of the torch run before says they end up running about 23 miles each, taking breaks when they need to.

Courtney Brooks with Special Olympics New Hampshire says the Law Enforcement Torch Run totals are not in for 2015 yet, but last year it raised more than $400,000 for Special Olympics.

The torch is expected to arrive in Durham by noon and Opening Ceremonies will kick off this evening.

More than 900 athletes will compete this weekend in aquatics, athletics, bocce, equestrian and powerlifting in the New Hampshire Special Olympics Summer Games.


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