Law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes made their way through downtown Alice Wednesday with the Special Olympic torch.

The Alice leg joined the Valley leg at the Auction Barn. Participating in the run were officers from Alice and Corpus Christi Police Department, and the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department as well as kids from Alice and West Oso Independent School District.

The mission of the run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. The run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run in the hopes that the torch run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics.

Runners stopped at the Heldt Park on Almond Street before they started running to meet the next leg outside of the Alice City Limits.