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950 officers to take part in Torch Run for Special Olympics Kansas

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Pittsburg, KS – It is expected that 950 officers from over 95 agencies will carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout 30 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a series of statewide runs which will travel approximately 1500 miles throughout the state.

Officers, along with Brayden Holguin of Burlington, the 2013 Summer Games Most Inspirational Athlete, will light the cauldron to officially open the Games in front of over 3,000 athletes, coaches and fans of Special Olympics on June 6

Locally, the Pittsburg leg of the run will take place on April 16. Runners will start at 7:30 a.m. at Pittsburg Police Dept. with a proclamation from the Mayor. The torch run will start at 7:45 as runners head north on Pine to 4th Street. East on 4th Street to Broadway, South on Broadway to Quincy, East on Quincy to Joplin, South on Joplin to PSU Stadium then one lap around track to start Spring Games.

The run will finish at approximately 9am and runners will light the torch to start the Southeast Region Spring Games.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981 with six runners and has grown to an international program that involves thousands of Law Enforcement personnel raising millions of dollars annually to benefit Special Olympics programs in the United States and abroad.

The Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. Officers volunteer hundreds of hours each year and in 2013 raised $451,482.00 in support of Special Olympics Kansas programs. This remarkable feat was accomplished by holding events and fundraising through the statewide torch run, special event fundraisers (i.e. Polar Plunge, truck convoy), sponsorships and donations. Kalmar Industries & Amerigroup Kansas are Guardians of the Flame.

Complete details of times and routes are available on www.kansastorchrun.org. You can support the Torch Run by making a secure donation online at www.kansastorchrun.org. For additional info contact Chris Moore at 620.249.7230.

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