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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del – The Law Enforcement Torch Run began its 160 mile journey Wednesday night in Rehoboth Beach.  The torch’s flame will light the cauldron Friday night at Delaware Stadium in Newark to open the Special Olympics Delaware 2019 Summer Games.  Delaware Law Enforcement has been a partner of the Torch Run for 33 years and have raised nearly $8 million for Special Olympics Delaware.

Timothy Maloney of the Milford Police Department ran the first leg which started at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and ended at Lewes Police Troop 7.  “I have been participating in the torch run since I got out of the police academy in 2011, Maloney told WRDE.  “It is just a great honor to be asked to take the torch out (Wednesday night).

On Thursday there will be three separate torch runs throughout Sussex and Kent Counties.  The flames will be combined on one torch in Harrington and finish Thursday in Odessa.  On Friday, Delaware Torch Runner Of The Year Kristopher Thompson will carry the flame on the last leg of the run.  “It is going to be exciting to share it with the (Special Olympic) athletes when we bring the torch into the stadium.”  Thompson said.

707 athletes are expected to participate in the 49th Annual Summer Games. Competition concludes Saturday June 15.