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Police Escorting Flame of Hope Stop in Albemarle

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Police officers escorted the Special Olympics torch from the valley to Albemarle County Thursday afternoon.

The annual law enforcement run wound its way through Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, and up Afton Mountain. Statewide, more than 2,000 officers took part in the relay to carry the Flame of Hope.

The run finishes in Richmond and helps raise money for this weekend's Special Olympics games. In Waynesboro, runner Mike Meadows said he hopes to run all the way to the end.

"Win or lose, you have to have a good time. I don't care if you get fifth place or second place. Just out there to have a good time and have fun," he said. 

More than 200 agencies are participating in the eight-day journey. The games kick off Saturday.

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