CLINTON — The Special Olympics Torch Run will be coming through Clinton on Monday.

The route begins at Fifth Avenue South and Seventh Street in Clinton. From that point, it winds its way down Fifth Avenue to Riverview Drive. The runners continue on Riverview Drive to Ninth Avenue North, crossing at Second Street to Pershing Boulevard. From that point the race continues to Mercy North Hospital where a brief recognition program will occur.

The recognition program is scheduled from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. There is a similar program scheduled from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at the Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

No further scheduling information about the event has been made available.

Law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes from around the country will partner during this event to carry the “Flame of Hope” from Soldier Field in Chicago and will make stops all over Iowa, including Clinton, before ending at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, home of the inaugural Special Olympics USA National Games from July 2 to 7.

The Final Leg Team consists of 109 participants: 60 law enforcement officers, nine Special Olympics athletes and 40 support team members who will travel with the flame. Forty-eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, will be represented by Torch Runners who have worked hard for Special Olympics and have earned the chance to participate. Nearly 90 individual communities will welcome the Final Leg runners with communitywide celebrations as they make their way through Illinois and Iowa. Runners will carry a torch designed exclusively for the inaugural National Games.

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