Special Olympians and local law-enforcement officers will be escorting the “Flame of Hope” across Western Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University.
Athletes will make their way to the square in Hagerstown around noon Wednesday.
The Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay was to kick off in Hancock at 7:30 a.m., and the runners will travel U.S. 40 into Hagerstown. They will stop for a short ceremony in the square before heading to the Frederick County line at South Mountain.
The 2012 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games are being hosted by Towson University and Baltimore County. Opening ceremonies and competition begins Friday.