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Annual King George Special Olympics Torch Run set for May 1

The annual King George County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Torch Run for Virginia Special Olympics is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, and, according to Deputy Sheriff Rod Shriver, it will be the biggest ever.
The three-mile run will be held on Thursday, starting at the King George Sheriff’s Office, and ending at the King George High School football field. “We are expecting 275 to 300 runners to participate,” said Shriver, who is coordinating the event.

“All of the proceeds go to Virginia Special Olympics,” Shriver said. “Getting the athletes to the games, getting them training, as well as free medical and free dental exams.”

Shriver, a retired Marine, said he has been involved in Special Olympics Torch Runs, “At pretty much every duty station I have ever had. When I came to the King George Sheriff’s Office, they had never had a run here, so with help from the Sheriff’s Office, businesses and residents, we started one.”

The first run in 2012 had 140 runners, Shriver said. “But we have been able to build on the competition and the sportsmanship.” And, he is getting plenty of help from his fellow Marines, including more than 200 who will travel from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indianhead, MD for the May 1 event.

“There is nothing more impressive than Marines running in formation and singing in cadence,” Shriver said. “And all the runners, including those from the Sheriff’s Office, will spend time with the athletes and provide them with help and encouragement.”

The Torch Run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office at 10445 Government Center Blvd. Then, the runners will carry a Special Olympics torch 2.7 miles from the Sheriff’s Office to King George High School. Food, beverages and T-shirts will be provided for the athletes and the participants during the event.

Shriver expressed his appreciation and the appreciation of the King George County’s Sheriff’s Office to the many sponsors, organizations and businesses who have made donations or helped with the event, including Roma’s, Radley Automotive Group, Rick’s on the River, Rosner Automotive, Rocky Top, Walmart and CBIRF.

Other contributors and sponsors include Big Dog Outfitters, Walker Sand and Stone, Peoples Community Bank, Lock it up Self Storage, C&S Auto, The Dance Box, A Unique House, EXIT Realty Expertise, Gautier’s Auto Body, King George Domino’s Pizza, Dahlgren Domino’s Pizza, King George Subway, Dahlgren Subway, Steamers, Chick-fil-a, CVS, Sheetz, NARFE Premier FCU and BB&T bank.

“We are very grateful for the generous donations that have made this a very important charitable event a huge success,” Shriver said. The Virginia Special Olympics statewide competition is scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8 in Richmond.

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