Special Olympics torch runs through Fresno

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The heat didn't stop dozens of people from racing through Fresno on Saturday, escorting the Special Olympics torch on its way to U.C. Davis. (KFSN)

The heat didn't stop dozens of people from racing through Fresno on Saturday, escorting the Special Olympics torch on its way to U.C. Davis.

About 75 members of local law enforcement agencies, athletes, and volunteers carried the torch from Chukchansi Park to Doghouse Grill where they were treated to cold water and hot food.

The nine mile run helps raise money for the Special Olympics. Participants say the run can be challenging, especially in the warm temperatures, but the athletes keep others encouraged.

"It's amazing to see the athletes come out and run and how much dedication and how much drive they had. They were running harder and faster and farther than me and they were pushing me to make it and I only ran about half of it. They were inspirational," said Freddie Henson, Deputy Sheriff, Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday's run was just one leg of the torch run. Law enforcement agencies are relaying it from Bakersfield to U.C. Davis where the games will be held. The opening ceremony is coming up next week, on June 23rd.

On Tuesday, dozens of law enforcement officers teamed up in the North Valley and hit the pavement for the Special Olympics. Close to 50 people registered to be a part of the event which takes runners along a 23-mile course from Madera to Chowchilla.

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