The sun hadn’t yet risen over the Foothills Sunday morning when Roberto Eguila lit the Special Olympics Flame of Hope in front of the Idaho State Capitol. Accompanied by his family and friends in “Team Awesome,” Eguila carried the torch west on Jefferson Street a half-mile closer to its final destination in Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
“It’s a lifetime chance to carry this,” he said.
Eguila was part of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America. He raised nearly $2,000 (including a sizeable donation from his grandmother) for the honor, and passed off the flame to a group from Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The torch is being run, walked, rolled and driven along the course, and will be in Spokane by Tuesday morning. The route will head toward Seattle and then south to California.
Three torches are winding their way through all 50 states before converging in Los Angeles. The torch’s northern route, which came through Boise, goes through 26 states and 7,400 miles. Follow the route at UnifiedRelay.org.