Local Police Run for Special Olympics

A 1,900 mile run over the past week has its leg in Charlottesville. The run is all for the Special Olympics held in Richmond on July 7th and 8th.

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This time it's the police running through Charlottesville.

It's the law enforcement torch run benefiting Special Olympics of Virginia.

This is a national event that's been around for more than 25 years in Virginia. Every year it raises millions of dollars toward the Special Olympics and helps bring together all people. The run involves over two thousand officers and countless civilians for the 1,900 mile, seven day torch run.

The event started on May 31st at 7 points throughout Virginia. It all concludes in Richmond, where the officers there will run the last leg of the race. A large portion of the run has been here in Central Virginia:

"This run is done by the Albemarle County Tactical Team. They met at the Nelson County Sheriff's Office this morning at about 10:30 and they've run all up 29 South and will end at the police department," commented Sgt. Steve Wilkins.

Since last years run, Virginia has raised more than $1.1 million for the Special Olympics, pushing the total to more than 16 million in the past 28 years. At six pm the final leg for Albemarle, titled 'Annies Run' will start at the station and go downtown.

"Annies run started when a local special Olympic athlete, she’s a local Monticello High School athlete came out to take part in our run."

She certainly made a name for herself.

"And she ran the entire thing. It was obviously very taxing on her but she wouldn't quit. She showed her true heart of a champion, and she completed it and it just kind of caught steam."

This run isn't just for law enforcement, but is open to the public as well.

"We opened it up and we call it a run with the law, instead of a run from the law"

For more information, visit http://www.torchrunva.com/

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