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Special Olympics Torch Makes Its Way Through Times Square

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As the torch for the Special Olympics made its way through Time's Square, young athletes watched and cheered.

Chris Tobin’s son, Colin, is participating in the first ever young athlete festival at the games. Tobin had a hard time fighting back tears as the "Flame of Hope" made its way throughout the city.

"It just shows what a big family this whole thing is."

Law enforcement officials from each state carried the torch from Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Jimmy Johnson a Deputy U.S. Marshal, came all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to support the 35-hundred athletes.

"The people in NYC have been great, seeing the sights with these athletes, and spreading the word."

Starting next week, Special Olympics Athletes will compete in team and individual events.

The torch run made its final stop at Liberty Island, a fitting spot for the athletes to show their pride.

Adam Fleissner, an athlete from New Jersey, says "It’s a pretty great honor, traveling all over NJ, and this here."

The torch run will continue across the Hudson in NJ tomorrow. The opening ceremonies will begin Sunday at the Prudential Center. The games will start Monday.


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