Running for a cause: Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics

Over the years that Cache law enforcement agencies have participated in Special Olympics fundraising events, plenty of money has been raised, but Logan Police Sgt. Louise Speth likes to think the real accomplishment has been raising spirits.There will be opportunity for raising both dollars and moods Thursday and Friday at three Cache Valley locations as law enforcement will once again team up with Special Olympics Utah for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run event.Three run/walks will be held with one Thursday at 2:30 p.m. starting at Sky View High School, and two on Friday, with an 8 a.m. start at the North Park Police Department and a 2:15 start in Hyrum at Mountain Crest.”The Torch Run is a good time to get people out to see what Special Olympics brings to the state,” Speth said. “Law Enforcement Torch Run is designed to help celebrate and bring attention to the Special Olympics movement.”Speth said the Law Enforcement Torch Run started in 1981 in Wichita, Kan. as a way to bring attention to Special Olympics, and in the almost 30 years since, has spread across the country, raising millions of dollars to help Special Olympics athletes purchase uniforms, pay travel expenses and receive basic medical services such as well-athlete exams, all with the intention of allowing their participation in Special Olympics to come at zero cost.”Our local law enforcement torch funds have raised certainly a lot of dollars,” Speth said, “but we like to think we’ve raised a lot of spirits.”Thursday’s run will start at 2:30 p.m. at Sky View High School in Smithfield and will move at a slow pace on the back-roads route to Lee’s Marketplace.Friday morning’s run starting in North Logan will run at a little faster pace, winding through the USU campus, down to the corner of Center and Main in Logan. Those choosing a slower pace can join the pack at about 8:30 a.m. at Center and Main and continue to the new Logan City Police Department building.Finally, Friday at 2:15 a downhill run from Mountain Crest to South Cache Middle School will conclude the week’s runs. All in the community are invited to participate in any of the runs.

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