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Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is coming to SLO County

The Law Enforcement Torch Run — which precedes the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles — will come through San Luis Obispo County on Thursday and Friday.

In addition, San Luis Obispo is one of 100 communities hosting Special Olympic athletes next week ahead of the World Games from July 25 through Aug. 2.

Thirty officers, including San Luis Obispo police Lt. Bill Proll, and three Special Olympians will carry the “Flame of Hope” as they make their way through the county escorted by members of the county Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla.

On Thursday, the torch will arrive about 6:30 p.m. for a public ceremony during San Luis Obispo’s Farmers’ Market in the 1000 block of Chorro Street. The torch will arrive Friday about 10 a.m. for a ceremony at the Pismo Beach pier.

From July 21 through July 24, San Luis Obispo will host nearly 100 athletes and coaches from the United Arab Emirates. A closing night dinner will be held in Mission Plaza, according to information provided by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

The Opening Ceremony of the Games will be held July 25, bringing 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries to Los Angeles. One hundred communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego were selected as host towns.

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