More than 650 officers from more than 60 agencies will carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of statewide runs that will kick off Saturday and travel throughout the state during the week-long journey.

Law Enforcement Officers along with LP Esquibel, the 2008 Most Inspirational Athlete will light the cauldron to officially open the 2009 Summer Games in front of more than 2,400 athletes, coaches and fans of Special Olympics.

At about 11 a.m. June 5, the torch will arrive north of Hesston on Old Highway 81.

Runners will travel south into Newton.

The route will continue south to West 85th St. North and run west to Valley Center. At about 3:15 p.m., Valley Center Law Enforcement will carry the torch through their local community. The Newton runners will proceed to Park City and then into Wichita City Hall.

Locally, the torch run will be led by Jan McCloud of the Newton Police Department.

Area Law Enforcement officers have been raising money and awareness throughout the year through their work with the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Special Olympics Kansas.

Law Enforcement Officers also will be presenting the medals and ribbons to Special Olympics athletes at Summer Games.

Athletes will compete in cycling, power lifting, athletics, aquatics, gymnastics and tennis during the three-day event. The public is invited to attend the events at no charge throughout the three days.