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Torch run raises thousands for Special Olympics

09 Juin 2017

In the past year, law enforcement across the state and other Special Olympics partners raised a record $1.3 million, Special Olympics Virginia spokesperson Holly Claytor said in a release.

Around 15 officers from the Lynchburg Police Department ran nearly 6 miles in the evening from Liberty University up to the 5th Street bridge downtown, passing one torch off to an Amherst County sheriff's deputy at the county line along the James River.

The torch heads to Long Beach next where the Special Olympics opening ceremonies are being held.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run drew more than 100 runners and walkers and raised $5,700 for Special Olympics B.C.

In addition, there will be a Special Olympics Young Athletes Culminating Event on Friday at the University High School practice field.

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Ellen Head, director of development for Special Olympics in Northern Virginia, said $1.3 million has been raised since this time past year. It's been incredible for him.

"He has been a very strong supporter of our Special Olympics programs and a lot of community programs", Posada said. There, members of the Neoga/Sigel Special Olympics team joined the Torch Run from Casey's to Dollar General.

The Prince George community is just one of many around the world participating in this event. "It's fantastic to see how our officers look at our athletes as heroes but our athletes look at our officers as heroes, so it really just helps us build the community as a whole", Nash said. Come out and help us cheer on the officers and athletes!

"It's a day that everybody here at the sheriff's office looks forward to", Chief Deputy Barbara Tillman said.

Torch run raises thousands for Special Olympics