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Special Olympics will hold virtual Law Enforcement torch run

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 1:42 PM EDT
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(WAGM) -The Law Enforcement torch run is one of the most successful fund raisers for Special Olympics. The torch run is normally held in June prior to the State Spring Games, but this year the event wasn’t held because of COVID-19. Law Enforcement Agencies and Special Olympics Maine are now hosting a virtual torch run fund raiser.

Brian Harris:" We decided we still needed to something for a fund raiser for Special Olympics. We decided to do a virtual run where participants can sign up on line and do their own run walk they can ride bike however they want to do it and still e able to support the cause and provide a donation. "

The virtual run is open to anyone. You don’t have to be in Law Enforcement to participate. You just need to go to Special Olympics Maine and register. The event run through the rest of this month.

Harris:" It has been going since August. This is kind of Special Olympics final push to get the word out. It is going to run until September 30th."

The hope is that the event will be a huge success and fundraiser for Special Olympics Maine.

Harris:" We are asking if you do participate in the virtual run that you take a selfie of yourself and send it to us."

The County leg was always very successful with numerous agencies teaming up to run the torch from the St John Valley to Houlton

Harris:" Traditionally we would have 680 runners throughout the state. With the current situation and running this fundraiser those efforts are way down. At last count they were only at about 5 thousand dollars toward that 20 thousand dollar goal and only about 100 runners signed up."

In most year the torch run was very popular among Law Enforcement agencies.

Harris:" We would generally run the legs from Northern Aroostook all the way down the Houlton. You would see running groups from local law enforcement all getting together and running legs of that whole race. Anywhere from 10 to 15 officers running for the cause."

You do not have to in Law Enforcement to take part in the fund raiser. Here is the web address to sign up https://www.somaine.org/letr-virtual-torch-run/

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