Tallahassee, Florida -- Special Olympics athletes take center stage at the state Capitol as they get ready for their games next month.

Gov. Rick Scott joined law enforcement officers from around the state Thursday as they ran through the streets of downtown Tallahassee carrying the "Flame of Hope" to the Capitol.

This is the 30th year for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Florida.

Officers will carry the flame on a 1,500-mile journey through all 67 counties and end up at the Florida State Summer Games in Lake Buena Vista.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi praised their help.

"The men and women here today represent more than 5,000 of their colleagues throughout the state that will carry the torch into the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the annual Florida State Summer Games in May," she said. "Special Olympics Florida continues to bring quality training and competition into the lives of people with intellectual disabilities."

Thousands of Special Olympians are participating year-round in games, including soccer, basketball, aquatics, golf and volleyball.

The Summer Games games begin on May 17.

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