For the Olympians

Participants in the 34th-annual New York State Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run pause on the steps of Plattsburgh City Hall on Friday. The Torch Run raises money through shirt sales and sponsorship to support training and year round competition for New York Special Olympic athletes, who number more than 68,000. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for the movement in the world, according to its website. More than 85,000 officers from 35 countries carried the “Flame of Hope” across their communities and into their local games and competitions in 2018. The Special Olympics is slated for June 14 and 15 in Dutchess County.