MARION — The 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be held this week.
The torch run unites departments and agencies throughout the state who work together toward raising awareness for Special Olympics Ohio. Torch run participants run or ride bikes in planned routes throughout Ohio leading to the opening ceremonies Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.
Officers pass the “Flame of Hope” from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, allowing local community members to watch the officers working together.
Through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio, $580,000 was raised for Special Olympics Ohio in 2012.
Locally, the torch run will arrive around 11:45 a.m. Thursday in Carey to meet up with the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce’s summer picnic. After a short ceremony with the Special Olympians, the torch will be carried to Upper Sandusky for a brief stop at the Wyandot County Courthouse and then on to Harrison Smith Park.
For more information, contact Lt. Mark Beaschler at the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525 or Don Davis at 740-225-0549. Dan Vanvorhis serves as northwest Ohio leg coordinator. Visit www.sooh.org for more information on Special Olympics Ohio.