The torch for Special Olympics Arizona made its way through Bullhead City on Sunday and the trip through the community occurred over water, then land.
Kayakers rowed the Colorado River to deliver the torch to Community Park before 8 a.m.
Police Chief Brian Williamson and his wife, Donna, were in a kayak and were the first to arrive at the park. The Williamsons wanted to greet the kayakers so they paddled ahead of the torch.
The kayak containing the torch, held by Bullhead City Police Department Det. Corp. Marv Harris as Officer Troy Teske paddled the boat, was accompanied by a couple dozen escort kayaks. Many of the kayaks were paddled by members of the Key Club at Mohave Accelerated Learning Center. Desert River Kayak sponsored the water portion of the journey.
Once everyone had made it to the beach and posed for pictures, a short celebration began at the park called the Law Enforcement Torch Run Reception Breakfast. It also was an opportunity to raise money for Special Olympics. People were asked to donate to Special Olympics Arizona in exchange for food and entertainment. They also could buy special T-shirts.
There was breakfast, a D.J., games, the chance to see some first responder vehicles and even try on a bullet-proof vest until it was time for the torch to be taken down Highway 95 on foot. First responders and other residents carried or accompanied the torch through Bullhead City. Jamie Brambla carried the torch away from the park. She was among a group of people who ran south down the highway. Also in that group was Bradley Oliver, support services division manager for the city’s Bureau of Animal Care & Welfare — the officers working at the bureau are among local first responders.
A decorated bus followed closely behind to help make the runners more visible. The Arizona Department of Public Safety took over carrying the torch once it reached the city limit. This is the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics and many of the people involved with the event wore commemorative shirts. This year’s games will be in Glendale next month.
For details about Special Olympics Arizona and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, go to www.specialolympicsarizona.org/events/2018-summer-games