Pequot Lakes and Crow Wing County law enforcement were among 150 statewide law enforcement officials who helped escort one of several Special Olympics flames destined to reach St. Thomas before the Special Olympics start there Friday afternoon, June 21.

"It's the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics," said Torch Run Coordinator Tyler Heinz. "It started 40 years ago with a simple run of only a couple miles. It took off and has since spread internationally."

There are several torches that started their route in Minnesota. This one started in Bemidji on Monday, June 17. It will travel about 300 miles before reaching St. Thomas. The flames collectively travel through 64 cities with 75 law enforcement agencies a little over 1,000 miles.