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Originally published: 2013-05-16 13:39:54
Last modified: 2013-05-16 13:42:46

Police lead Special Olympics Torch Run

Boone police, Special Olympians and other supporters ran Thursday along Boone streets for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

From left, Lt. Danny Houck, Capt. Andy LeBeau, Special Olympian Jerry Rook, Officer Dennis O'Neal, Sgt. Bobby Creed, Officer Len Hagaman Jr. and others run as Boone water department employee William Cable carries the torch.

Chief Dana Crawford said his department has supported Special Olympics for years but is working to do more.

"We are upping our visibility," Crawford said. "We did a lot more fundraising this year, so we hope to increase that exponentially next year."

The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of the annual games.

About 25 Special Olympics competitors will travel to Raleigh at the end of May for the North Carolina Summer Games to compete in volleyball, track and aquatics, said Keron Poteat, coordinator of the Watauga County Special Olympics.

Visit for more information about Special Olympics.