Carrying the flame for Special Olympics

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Marana Police Department officers, Special Olympics competitors and members of the community pounded the pavement Wednesday during the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The event mission is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide. The torch represents the Flame of Hope and officers dedicate themselves to helping Special Olympians throughout the state.

The state summer games begin tomorrow in Glendale.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of that takes place in the spring and summer around the world. Throughout the course of the Torch Run, participants collect contributions from individuals and businesses, asking to help raise support for incredible Special Olympics athletes. The Torch Run is much more than just a run; it is a year-round campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Arizona. The Law Enforcement Torch Run puts on statewide events such as tip-a-cop, golf tournaments and polar plunges, just to name a few.

The Torch Run program began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. He wanted to provide local law enforcement with opportunities to volunteer with Special Olympics in communities where the officers lived and worked.

All money raised for the Law Enforcement Torch Run supports Special Olympics athletes in Arizona and their supporting programs.

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