MILWAUKEE -- The Law Enforcement Torch Run got off to a running start in Milwaukee and Waukesha Thursday morning.
Hundreds of officers from all across the state, plus Governor Scott Walker, laced up their running shoes and joined athletes to help raise money for the Special Olympics.
"To see these athletes and to see these families, to see their support, the network, they do a phenomenal job," Walker said.
This is the 30th year for the Wisconsin torch run. More than 30 communities in the state are participating. The goal is to get the Flame of Hope to Stevens Point in time for the opening ceremonies.
Gary Schneider has been a police officer in Wisconsin for 20 years. It's his first year participating in the torch run. He says showing support is what this event is all about.
"I have to think in their shoes. What it's like every day," " Schneider said. "Our job is to help people out and that's what we're doing, helping people out."