Officers, athletes take part in Torch Run before Special Olympics Summer Games

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 24, 2012

SALISBURY — Officers from several law enforcement agencies and Special Olympics athlete Randy Ewing carried a torch through downtown Salisbury Wednesday afternoon as the flame makes its way to Raleigh for this year’s Special Olympics Summer Games.
Runners started the second leg of Rowan County’s Law Enforcement Torch Run at the intersection of South Main Street and Airport Road about 1 p.m.
Master Deputy C.S. Flowers said about 10 runners participated in the nearly 10-mile trek, which ended in Spencer.
Officers from China Grove Police, Salisbury Police, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Kannapolis Police and the Department of Corrections volunteered to run. Runners from the Carson High School Cross Country team also joined officers for the event.
Randy Ewing, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998 that left him disabled, carried the “Flame of Hope” Wednesday afternoon.
Ewing has been involved with the Special Olympics Rowan County since the tumor.
The ceremonial torch will be taken to North Carolina State University in Raleigh for the Special Olympics Summer Games June 1-3.