The Special Olympics torch passed through Billings Thursday. Montana’s Special Olympics State games kick off in Missoula in about two weeks.  The “Flame of Hope” will travels the state before the torch is lit, signifying the start of the games.  KTVQ.com reports that on Thursday morning, the Billings leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off with athletes and officers looking forward to the state games in Missoula.
The first two runners to carry the torch were Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito, along with Brooke Conner from the County Attorney’s office.  Montana law enforcement agencies carry the Flame of Hope across Montana to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.  Nearly 30 law enforcement agencies are participating in the thirteen legs of the Montana Torch Run, covering more than 2,400 miles.

The opening ceremonies are on May 17.