FARGO - Local and statewide law enforcement will hit the pavement Thursday, June 7, for the final leg of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Dakota.

Law enforcement personnel from across the state first laced up their shoes for the Torch Run Tuesday, June 6, to promote the Special Olympics North Dakota 2018 Summer Games and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.

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Fargo's Torch Run will conclude with law enforcement running the olympic torch into the opening ceremony of the state summer games at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Fargo Civic Center.

The law enforcement Torch Run first began in North Dakota in 1985 to raise both money and awareness for Special Olympics North Dakota and the summer games. Each year, more than 400 law enforcement personnel from across the state participate in the run.

The Torch Runs take place in cities across the state, including Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Pembina and Valley City.

The summer games will be held June 7 to Saturday, June 9, in Fargo and will feature more than 600 Special Olympics athletes from across the state, competing in the sports of track & field, aquatics, bocce, powerlifting and unified volleyball.