Logan hosting annual Special Olympics Torch Run

LOGAN — Members of law enforcement and the community will be joining people with disabilities, running along Main St. Friday morning for the Special Olympics Torch Run. The annual charity event is one of 13 runs throughout the state, raising money for Utah’s Special Olympics.

Cache County Sheriff’s Sgt. Reed Tanner helped organize this year’s run. He said participants will begin at 9 a.m. and run from the North Logan Walmart to the south Logan Walmart.

“They have all sorts of support there, troopers and deputies that will be blocking the roads and making it so they can just travel right down,” Tanner said. “It usually ends between 11 and noon, depending on the pace that people go.”

The runners will be in the southbound lanes. Drivers are being advised to use alternate routes: 200 E, 600 W or 1000 W. Northbound traffic should not be impacted.

Reed said if people want to line the race route, the runners love the attention and cheers of support.

“We get a lot of people honking their horns and waving at the athletes. We appreciate all that. The athletes really truly respond to that and know that it is for them and get excited when it’s going on. So the more people that want to come out, stand outside for a few minutes, and yell and cheer for the athletes that makes it all the better event for them.”

The Torch Run started in 1981 by police in Wichita, Kansas and has spread through the country.

There will be four more runs planned during the rest of the month before the final race on June 2, beginning the Opening Ceremonies of the Utah Special Olympics Summer Games.

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