URBANA — Police officers from Champaign and Urbana will run the "Flame of Hope" torch through their two cities on Friday in support of Special Olympics Illinois.
Urbana officers will start the run at 6 a.m. in the 2600 block of Stone Creek Boulevard and follow a path through Urbana's main streets — Windsor Road, Lincoln Avenue and University Avenue — until they hit Wright Street at about 7 a.m. There, they'll pass the torch off to Champaign police, who will carry it through downtown Champaign, west on Church Street and up Mattis Avenue to Dodds Park in the northwest part of town.
They'll end up at Dodds Park's Olympic Tribute.
The Champaign-Urbana portion is one of 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to a press release from the Urbana Police Department. About 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement have been involved.
Motorists are asked to use caution when driving near the runners.
The Illinois Special Olympics competition is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Illinois State University.