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Originally published: 2013-05-10 15:54:31
Last modified: 2013-05-10 15:54:31

Special Olympics torch run set for Thursday

by Staff Reports

The Boone Police Department will participate Thursday in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run, an event designed to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

The run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Boone Police Department and will go through Appalachian State University on Rivers Street before returning to the police department.

Since 1987, law enforcement officers across the state have worked to raise money for Special Olympics and last year raised more than $1 million through T-shirt sales, corporate donations and various fundraisers.

The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of the annual games. Exactly 160 nations around the world participate in the Special Olympics program.

"Many law enforcement officers from Watauga County will run with Special Olympians," said Capt. Andy LeBeau of the Boone Police Department. "We are inviting runners from the Boone area to participate with us to show support and join the fun."

This is not a timed competitive event, although, some of the Special Olympic athletes may set a fast pace.

Prior to the run, Special Olympics T-shirts will be available for a $13 donation, with a technical material version is available for a $20 donation (as supplies last) at the Boone Police Department.