ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Police officers and athletes are once making their way through Virginia for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

Thursday's portion of the run got underway in Harrisonburg, with Charlottesville's Downtown Mall set as the endpoint for the day.

This year’s event is expected see more than 2,000 officers helping to carry the torch across roughly 1,900 miles of the commonwealth. Groups run from stop to stop, passing off a torch to the next team of runners - usually made up of law enforcement and Special Olympic athletes.

"Police officers raise over a million dollars for us, which is very important for a nonprofit at this point," said Special Olympics Virginia Regional Director Daniel Leake. "This is the lead off for our summer games in Richmond, which is the biggest thing we'll do all year.”

The opening ceremony for that event is set to begin in Richmond Friday, June 7.