Nevada Special Olympics kick off with Torch Run

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Updated: 5/30 11:14 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The 2014 Nevada Special Olympics kicked off on Friday with their opening ceremony at Mackay Stadium, and the opening ceremony is not complete without the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Dreu Murin from the Reno Bighorns was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

All day Saturday, several hundred athletes from around the Silver State will compete in aquatics and track & field events. Several law enforcement officers volunteer their time interacting with the athletes and assist with the official awards ceremony after each event.

"It's electrifying," said NHP Trooper Barbara Stapleton. "It is totally ectrctrifying and to watch these atheletes, who some are in wheelchairs, who have some major disabilities, and they get out there each and every day, and they give it 110 percent. It just jump starts you, and you just want to get out there."

Events will conclude on Sunday with the annual Cops and Burgers fundraiser at Victorian Plaza at 11 a.m.

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