In just a few hours the Wisconsin Special Olympics summer games will get underway in Stevens Point.
Northcentral Wisconsin is already putting on quite a show to welcome more that 2,000 special athletes to our area.
Thursday officers from police and sheriff's departments across the state are taking part in the Special Olympics torch run.
Ken Neff of the Merrill Police Department says last year's run was the fifth largest in the world and awareness for Special Olympics.
"It's an incredible thing to see, the athletes love it, they love all the squads, the motorcycles and the officers. It's just a great time," said Lt. Ken Neff, Merrill Police Department.
There are several torch runs taking place across the state right now and they will all end up in Stevens Point for Thursday night’s opening ceremonies.