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May 27, 2015 4:42 PM

Special Olympics Relay sweeping through NH with torch


MANCHESTER – The first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America is making its way through the Granite State on Wednesday and Thursday.

The event, scheduled to hit all 50 states in 46 days, will feature the Flame of Hope that will kick off the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

The Flame of Hope will be passed by hand among thousands of participants in a relay-style event. The Unified Relay will provide support for the Special Olympics through fundraising and volunteering. Thousands of participants will have the opportunity to run, walk or bike a segment of the way in support of the Games.

The Unified Relay traveled more than 50 miles, including a celebration at the State House in Concord on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher said, “World Games offer an opportunity for our nation to come together to celebrate differences and unify in the spirit of respect and inclusion.”

Two other routes will be taking place throughout the country starting in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C.

The three rely routes will arrive in Los Angeles before the nine-day Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25.

The Special Olympics will be broadcasted live on ESPN.


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