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'." . ' .+ r.Z+ .'... ".-r/l . rla, 1 ,j,+r 4 -(J AITT, Fnday,ner - ue i( Special Olympics kicks off Summer Games in Rehoboth Beach Bike Prologue and Law Enforcement Torch Run raise $125,000 for Delaware Special Olympic athletes More than 170 law enforcement officers, their families and friends participated in this year's Bike Prologue, the May 31 event that kicked off the annual Law Enforce- ment Torch Run for Delaware Special Olympics Summer Games. The Bike Pro- logue, a 17-mile ride from Fenwick Island, culminated at the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, where Delaware State Fire Marshal Deputy Randy Lee passed the Flame of Hope to Cpl. Tim Jones of Sussex Correc- tional Institution, who carried the torch for the first mile out of Rehoboth on its way to the Summer Games at the University of Delaware, Newark campus. Since the torch run's inception 14 years ago, law enforcement officers have raised more than $950,000 to support Delaware Special Olympics. This year's event, spon- sored for the 10th year by Wilmington Trust, raised more than $125,000. More than 500 officers from 22 agencies particb pared. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international event involving more than 50,000 law enforcement officers. Delaware's event involved officers partici- pating in three legs - the eastern, central and western. Runners met in Harrington June !, where the three torch runners joined their flames to become one. The Flame of Hope was then carried to the site of the opening ceremonies at the University of Delaware. The flame is carried a total of 160 miles. This year's run had two special events. On th e third day of the run, a group of stu- dents and community members joined offi- cers at Newark point to honor former Spe- cial Olympics supporter Maj. Gary Sum- merville. Summerville, a University of Delaware Police Department officer, was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash last year. Following that event, Jimmy Curran a former New Castle County police officer who was paralyzed from an off-duty fall, joined the run by propelling his wheelchair on part of the last leg of the run to the uni- versity's field house. This year's games included more than 1,400 athletes, 320 of whom where unified partners. Sports included in the Summer Games are aquatics, athletics - track and field, tennis, unified softball, powerlifting and bocce. - Local athletes fare well in competition. Story on page 96. !+++p++, + +p( + Alex Townsend, Special Olympic athlete, dances to the tunes of First State Force as more than 100 people await the arrival of participants in the Bike Prologue. Submitted photo Danny Berg, athlete, spends time at the Olympic Village, trying his hand at being an as- tronaut. Kerry Kester photos Delaware State Fire Marshal Deputy Randy Lee leads law enforcement of- ricers, their families and friends, as he carries the Flame of Hope to the Boardwalk during the Bike Prologue, the kickoff event for the 2000 Law En- forcement Torch Run. The annual torch run culminates with Delaware Spe- cial Olympics Summer Games opening ceremonies at the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Reggie Miller, Special Olympic athlete on the Sussex Determinators team, addresses the crowd during the Bike Prologue ceremony May 31, at the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. He recalled his performance in previous competitions with heartfelt emotion: "I was proud of myself - always doing my best, the best that I can," said Miller, who noted his bowling average is 122. "My team has been practicing a long time." Miller won two gold medals, a silver medal, two bronze medals and two ribbons in the Summer Games. Delaware Attorney General Jane Brady does her annual boogie with Camille Caggiano, whose par- ents Joan and Nick Sr. of Nicola Pizza sponsor the Bike Prologue. First State Force, a band composed of law en- forcement officers from agencies throughout the state, entertain the Boardwalk audience as State Fire Marshal Deputy Randy Lee arrives from the Bike Prologue with the torch. Shown are Cpl. Phil Strohm of Delaware State Plice, Lee and Cpl. Rivers McCreary of Capitol Police. Submitted photo Hugs are the order of the day during the Special Olympics Summer Games...even if the buggers are siblings. Shown are Danny and Livia Berg.