Ready, set, run! | RecordCourier.com

Ready, set, run!

Staff Reports

Local special-needs athletes got to experience what it's like to be an Olympian Friday during the Carson Valley Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

About 35 athletes, along with representatives of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, China Spring Youth Camp, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and Washoe Tribe Police Department, ran more than a mile from Heritage Park to the sheriff's office.

This is the third year Douglas County has hosted the run. Each participating athlete gets to help carry a full-size torch similar to the one carried in the Olympics.

The number of athletes participating this year "is incredible," said organizer Chris Wiggins, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "Each year it gets a little bigger and bigger. Partnering with the athletes is just so much fun."

Wiggins said the event relies on the support of those who cheer for the athletes during the run.

"It takes a whole community," he said.