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There was a relay traveling from Des Moines to Ames Thursday to help kick off a big event involving athletes from across the state.

The runners were handing off the Special Olympics torch. The relay started at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Des Moines. The group of Des Moines police officers ran through the city and handed the torch off to members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The torch is going all the way to Ames for Thursday night's 7:00 opening ceremonies at Hilton Coliseum.

“I don't think there's anything more rewarding to be around these people and get to see their faces light up when they do some pretty incredible things,” says Sgt. Chris Scott with DMPD.

About 2,700 athletes will compete in the games which run through Saturday.

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