COLUMBUS- The Torch Run came back to Columbus after a few years off to help promote special olympics, as the tradition continued on Wednesday afternoon.
Local officials and civilians participated in the event, which was 1.2 mile jog around the city all while carrying a lit torch.
“We’ve head the torch run off and on in columbus over the last 10 years. We’ve had other events in place of it. We decided this year we wanted to get the torch run going again to help promote the special olympics,” said Kevin Stary, a Nebraska state patrol trooper.
An idea that use to be done state-wide, has since shifted locally, which many believe has actually helped promote the Special olympics.
“Being local, we have more people to help volunteer with the torch run. It’s a great way for the community to get involved,” said Stary.
With the Nebraska state high school special olympics set to kick off this weekend, it was a great opportunity for all involved to help raise awareness for a great cause.
While the weather wasn’t perfect, the cause and support from the community more than made up for it on a windy Wednesday afternoon.