More than 100 local officers carry Special Olympics torch from Olathe to KCK

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OLATHE, Kan. -- More than 100 police officers took to the streets Tuesday to take part in the 35th Special Olympics Torch Run.

Law enforcement officers carried the torch for 30 miles from Olathe to Kansas City, Kan., with stops along the way.

They fund raise all year and then run for the kids, who inspire them by overcoming their disabilities to compete in the games. It's also a way for the officers to give back to the community.

"I am involved in this because of the athletes," Olathe police captain Jeff Bragg said. "They really inspire me, and they certainly inspire the other guys who are here with their courage, their sportsmanship, just how they live their everyday lives."

The Special Olympic Games begin Friday, June 3 in Wichita.

"Giving back to our community is a big thing for those folks in law-enforcement," captain Bragg said. "Many of those law-enforcement officers do this kind of stuff every day, and it doesn't get publicized, so it really is helpful for you and the other media to help us promote something like this."