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Special Olympics torch run along Bayshore today

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's a special day for a lot of Bay area families.

Wednesday is the "final leg" of the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run.  More than 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers will carry the "Flame of Hope Torch" on the Hillsborough County leg of the 31st annual Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The ceremony will open the State Summer Olympic Games next month.

Every year, the "Flame of Hope" has traversed Florida in an interstate relay of simultaneous routes throughout the state, covering thousands of miles.  The torch is carried by local and state law enforcement officers all the way to the Opening Ceremonies of Florida's annual State Summer Games, which begins May 16. 

The final leg of the torch run concludes at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Lake Buena Vista.

The torch run is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for the Special Olympics in the world, last year raising more than $3.3 million.

Hillsborough County raised more than $40,000 from local law enforcement agency fundraisers. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office raised $20,400 and Tampa Police Department raised $19,360.

The Special Olympics Torch Run begins at Bayshore Blvd. at Ballast Point Pier at 10:10 and continues north along Bayshore to the Tampa Convention Center around 11:30 a.m.

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