UPDATED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 8:24pm
Ft. Hood, TX — The annual Special Olympics Summer Games kicks off in Arlington on Thursday. On Tuesday, the ceremonial torch passed through Fort Hood.
Copperas Cove Police started today's leg.
The torch was then passed off to the 83rd Military Police Brigade at the gates of Fort Hood.
The group jogged 4.5 miles clear across the base before handing the torch off to Killeen Police.
Participants in the run said it’s a way to celebrate a good cause, and at the same time have good interaction with their law enforcement counterparts in the community.
“They are all volunteers that came out today. Some just got done with shift work. Some are about to start their shifts. And, I think what that represents is that the military police here at Fort Hood do not think their job here is just a 9-to-5 for us. This is what we like to do; We like to serve the public. We like to assist and protect the public." said Robert Dillon, Army Colonel and Commander of the 83rd Brigade.
The Summer Games, which celebrates competition among mentally and physically challenged kids, starts this Thursday in Arlington.