The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle from July 1st through July 6th.

Organizers expect more than 4,000 athletes from around the United States competing in 14 different sports. with opening ceremony set for Husky Stadium at 12:30 pm on Sunday, July 1st .  It's a tradition to light the Olympic Flame to start the games and the trail of torch will pass through Yakima.

About 30 runners will escort the torch in Yakima on Wednesday, June 27th. Their one-mile run will begin at 2:05 pm at 5th Avenue and Spruce Street. From there they will proceed north on 5th Avenue to Walnut Street. They will run east on Walnut Street, then proceed north on 3rd Street. The run will conclude at Millennium Plaza at 2:15 pm.

The  Yakima Police Department plans  a “rolling street closure” along the way leading up to a brief ceremony at the Millennium Plaza at 2:15 pm.

The torch run contingent will then head to the Dick Zais Jr. Law and Justice Center, where a bus will take them to Ellensburg for the run’s next leg.

 For more about the 2018 games visit https://www.specialolympicsusagames.org/  ​