CLEARFIELD -- Roxanne Petroff watched eagerly to catch a glimpse of her son, who was among 12 Special Olympics athletes running in Monday's Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Petroff stood on the curb across the street from Holt Elementary School, where students shouted and gave high-fives to police officers and athletes as they ran by.
"This is the first time I've got to see him run," Petroff said. "I usually am working."
As she caught sight of her 14-year-old son, who has learning disabilities, she joined him as he ran past.
On Monday, officers from Layton, Clearfield, Clinton, Syracuse, Hill Air Force Base, Davis County Sheriff's Office, Kaysville, Farmington, Centerville, Bountiful and West Bountiful were "Guardians of the Flame" at both ends of Davis County.
Two torch runs continued simultaneously, with the north law enforcement agencies ending in Layton and the south law enforcement agencies ending in Kaysville.
Katelyn Bradley, development associate with Special Olympics Utah, said this year's summer games are set for June 7 through June 9 in Herriman, but the athletes train year-round.
The Law Enforcement Run was founded by Wichita (Kansas) Police Chief Richard Lamunyon in 1981 as a way to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.
Joe Thomas, 33, is a Special Olympics athlete, and he rode a bike through the north part of Davis County.
When asked how long he has participated in the torch run, he said, "Long enough."
When asked why, Thomas said, "Because it helps raise money for Special Olympics and I meet new friends."
Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said he has participated in the torch run every year. This year, nine officers from his agency took part in the run after Centerville police handed over the torch at their border.
"It's for a good cause," Hansen said.
Edward Pont, 15, looked tired when he reached Walmart in Syracuse. He had run most of the 12.2 miles from the beginning of the north end run.
"I feel pretty good," Edward said as he drank a Gatorade. "It's my longest run I've ever done."
Edward, a Special Olympics athlete, said he competes in track and field, as well as soccer and basketball.