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The Special Olympics Bharat National Games held in 2002 was marked by the longest torch run in the history of Special Olympics. The run was flagged off in New Delhi on Sept 7, 2002 and covered over 20,000 km across 29 cities. About 5,00,000 people took part in it. The event was held across India, from Pondicherry and Chennai in south to Chandigarh and Delhi in the north and Ahmedabad in the west, reflecting the cultural diversity and integrity of the country.