The Richmond Register

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June 7, 2014

Officers bring Special Olympics torch to Richmond

RICHMOND — Law enforcement officers from across Kentucky on Friday afternoon ran the Special Olympics Torch to Eastern Kentucky University, where opening ceremonies were to be conducted that evening.

Throughout the day Friday, up to 60 runners carried the “Flame  of Hope” on four legs of the journey from Georgetown to Frankfort, Lexington and finally, Richmond, said Area 7 Torch Run Director Amanda Donelan, a Covington police officer.

Members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run organization not only bring the torch to the games each year, they also raise money year around to support the Special Olympics.

The Kentucky LETR began in 1986 and has raised more than $1.5 million for the state Special Olympics.

The torch run also helps officers spread awareness about Special Olympics, Donelan said.

On Friday, several representatives of Madison County’s law enforcement agencies participated in the run, which started at First Christian Church on Main Street and ended at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum. The games have taken place at EKU for 20 years.

Nearly 1,400 athletes are scheduled to compete this weekend. Thirty of them are from Madison County Special Olympics, said local Special Olympics coordinator Eden Fisher. 

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