Law enforcement, Special Olympians run torch down Main

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Rio's got nothing on Sheridan's athletes — especially our Special Olympians. 

Battling the heat, local law enforcement gathered with Special Olympics Wyoming participants to support the organization with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics this morning.

You may have seen them making their way down Main Street, heading for Whitney Commons — athletes in gray and representatives from the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office and the Sheridan Police Department in neon yellow.

"We used to bike the torch all the way to Buffalo, to signify that the games span across Wyoming," event organizer and Sheriff's Deputy Boot Hill said.

But over the past two years, the event has changed to include more athletes, who now carry the torch across Sheridan.

"Now, so many more of our athletes can carry the torch," Hill said.

Jesse Dahl with Sheridan Masters Easter Seals said the event usually serves as a kickoff for the Wyoming State Special Olympics, held every year in May. Sheridan's springtime event was rained out, so today, the group celebrated the athletes' triumphant return.