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Photo by Allison Haver

Originally published: 2014-05-21 11:39:04
Last modified: 2014-05-22 17:25:57

Police lead Special Olympics Torch Run

by Allison Haver

Local law enforcement officers, Special Olympians and other supporters ran Wednesday along Boone streets for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. from Boone Police Department, the runners traveled to the Appalachian State University Police Department and then headed back to the Boone Police Department. 

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

Supporters not participating in the run cheered the group on as they passed by on Blowing Rock Road.

We had a good turn out this year," Captain Andy LeBeau with Boone Police said. "We had a bit more than last year," he said.

LeBeau said he would love to see more people from the community join in on the annual run next year.

Even though the annual run is not the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics in Watauga County, LeBeau said the event was more about spreading awareness.

"It's more about bringing awareness of Special Olympics to the community,"  he said.

Wednesday's run was apart of The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina.

Visit for more information about Special Olympics.

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