On Friday, members of the McPherson County Special Olympics team were seen running down Main Street behind a deputy patrol vehicle in McPherson and passing off a torch to the next runner at each block.

The runners started at First Street and completed their stretch at Main and Sutherland.

This is the start of their Kansas State Summer Games in Maize.

Runners started on Lindsborg’s Main Street at 7 a.m. yesterday and made their way through McPherson, Moundridge and over the Harvey County Line.

A few deputies and Sheriff Jerry Montagne from the McPherson County Sheriffs Office, and a few officers from the McPherson Police Department and McPherson Mayor Tom Brown were seen running with the team as well.

“It’s a good thing these kids do this. This is what these kids live for — this is their baby,” Montagne said. “It pumps me up to see these kids doing this. They look up to the officers and they’re excited. We have officers and deputies take vacation time just so they can participate in this.”

The runners all met up for a motivational speech from Mayor Brown at the Plaza in McPherson.

Mayor Brown congratulated all the runners and wished them the best of luck as they made their way to the summer games.

“Be brave; and do the best you can do. The most important thing is to have fun,” Brown said.